Birdsong (2015)

Sebastian Faulks

Birdsong (2015)

As the war breaks out over the idyll of his former life, young Englishman Stephen Wraysford must lead his men through the carnage of the Battle of the Somme, only comforted by the memory of former lover Isabelle Azaire as his world explodes around him.

Following on from the success of the 2013 tour seen by over 75,000 people, Birdsong, a mesmerising story of love, courage and sacrifice is now brought back to the stage in this critically acclaimed version of Sebastian Faulks’ bestselling novel in the 100th centenary year since the outbreak of World War One.

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As the war breaks out over the idyll of his former life, young Englishman Stephen Wraysford must lead his men through the carnage of the Battle of the Somme, only comforted by the memory of former lover Isabelle Azaire as his world explodes around him.

Following on from the success of the production in 2013 & 2014 seen by over 150,000 people, Birdsong, a mesmerising story of love, courage and sacrifice is now brought back to the stage in this critically acclaimed version of Sebastian Faulks’ bestselling novel in the 100th centenary years since the outbreak of World War One.

“Finally gets the staging it deserves.”

★★★★

The Times (and Critics Choice)

★★★★

The Daily Telegraph

“Does the book justice.”

★★★★

The Daily Mail

“This is a highly crafted show and comes highly recommended.”

★★★★

Whats on Stage

“A stunning and emotional piece of theatre with strong performances.”

The Daily Echo


“It is impossible not to be moved.”

Salisbury Journal


“Peter Duncan gives the performance of his life.”

The Fine Times Recorder


‘Heartbreakingly beautiful, powerful and poignant. Go see it; it may well be one of the most memorable pieces of theatre you are ever likely to witness.’

British Theatre Guide


“I got goosebumps and not long after I was in floods of tears. I cannot recommend Birdsong enough – just remember to bring some tissues. “

Northern Echo

The performances were near faultless…Birdsong is not an easy story, but it helps us to understand. No play can hope to achieve more than that.’

Stagetalk Magazine

“Alastair Whatley’s powerhouse production”

British Theatre Guide February, 2015 http://www.britishtheatreguide.info/reviews/birdsong-northern-stage-11242

“Birdsong is a masterpiece in every respect. Outstanding. Stunning. Superb.”

East Anglian Daily Times


EDMUND WISEMAN

PETER DUNCAN

EMILY BOWKER

JAMES STADDON

MAX BOWDEN

CLOUDIA SWANN

LIAM MCCORMICK

SELMA BROOK

ROGER MARTIN

JAMES FINDLAY

ALASTAIR WHATLEY

EMILY ALTNEU

Director: Alastair Whatley

Designer: Victoria Speaing

Lighting Designer: Alex Wardle

Sound Designer: Dominic Bilkey

Costume Design: Ed Holland

Military Advisor: Tony Green

Education Officer: Liam McCormick

DSM: Lauren Barclay

Production shots: Jack Ladenburg

Ashcroft Theatre, Croydon

Her Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen

Opera House, Buxton

Northern Stage, Newcastle

The Hexagon Theatre, Reading

Civic Theatre, Darlington

Yvonne-Arnaud, Guildford

Lighthouse Theatre, Poole

Playhouse Theatre, Liverpool

Kings Theatre, Edinburgh

Old Vic Theatre, Bristol

West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

The Kings Theatre, Portsmouth

Courtyard Theatre, Hereford

Lyceum Theatre, Crewe

Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury

Richmond Theatre, Richmond

Tour Blog

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Rehearsal Photos

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