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Theatre: Birdsong

After a successful run in the West End in 2010, this exciting, and brand new adaptation of “Birdsong” marks the very first touring production of the play.

BIRDSONGThe dynamic cast of 12 shape the much loved wartime epic into an intimate story of love and sacrifice, set against the backdrop of the Western Front.

In pre-war France, young Englishman Stephen Wraysford embarks on a passionate and dangerous affair with his host’s wife, Isabelle Azaire. As civil unrest mounts and war breaks in on the idyll of his former life, Stephen finds he must now lead his men through the carnage of the Battle of the Somme and the sprawling tunnels that lie deep underground. Faced with unprecedented horror, the war-hardened Stephen clings to the shrinking memory of Isabelle as his world explodes around him.

Birdsong was ranked 13th in the 2003 BBC survey The Big Read, finding the nation’s favourite book. The novel was adapted for the stage by Rachel Wagstaff and opened at the Comedy Theatre, London (2010), and more recently was adapted for TV by Abi Morgan for a BBC 1 series (Jan 2012). This vivid and ambitious new production follows the launch of Sebastian Faulks’s latest novel A Possible Life (Sept 2012). He was appointed CBE in 2002 for services to literature.

Starring Sarah Jayne Dunn (Isabelle Azaire) and Jonathan Smith (Stephen Wraysford) with
Arthur Bostrom, Charlie G. Hawkins, Joshua Higgott, Polly Hughes, Malcolm James, Liam McCormick, Poppy Roe, Jonathan Smith, Emily Stride, Tim Treloar and Tim Van Eyken.

• Birdson is at the New Wolsey Thetre, Monday 25th to Saturday 30th March. Box office 01473 295900
Online bookings at www.wolseytheatre.co.uk

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