Marking the centenary of the end of the First World War, Rachel Wagstaff’s acclaimed adaptation of Sebastian Faulks’s best-selling novel, Birdsong, embarks on its final UK tour, opening at Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds in January.
The cast will be headed by Tom Kay (Journey’s End) and Madeleine Knight (Poldark and Florence Foster Jenkins), as Stephen Wraysford and Isabelle Azaire.
Also in the cast are Olivia Bernstone, Alice Brittain, Alfie Browne-Sykes (recently seen as Freddie Roscoe in Channel 4’s Hollyoaks), Martin Carroll, Riley Carter-Millington (Kyle Slater in EastEnders) James Findlay, Liz Garland, Jeffrey Harmer and Simon Lloyd.
Birdsong tells a mesmerising story of love and courage, before and during the war.
In pre-war France, a young Englishman, Stephen Wraysford, embarks on a passionate and dangerous affair with the beautiful Isabelle Azaire that turns their worlds upside down.
As the war breaks out, Stephen must lead his men through the carnage of the Battle of the Somme and through the sprawling tunnels that lie deep underground.
Faced with the unprecedented horror of the war, Stephen clings to the memory of Isabelle and the idyll of his former life as his world explodes around him.
Sebastian Faulks said: “This is the fourth and final tour of Rachel Wagstaff’s adaptation of my novel and, as it coincides with the centenary of the Armistice in 1918, it comes with an additional air of celebration.
“The play has had a long life since its first incarnation in the West End in 2010 and audiences have always been warm and appreciative. I very much hope that this finale will be a glorious one.’’
Birdsong, directed by Alastair Whatley, is produced on tour by Anne-Marie Woodley and Jon Woodley for Birdsong Productions in association with The Original Theatre Company.
Birdsong Play Tour Dates
31 January – 3 February, Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds 6 – 10 February, Crewe Lyceum Theatre 13 – 17 February, West Yorkshire Playhouse 19 – 24 February, Cheltenham Everyman 6 – 10 March, New Brighton Floral Pavilion 12 – 17 March, New Victoria Theatre Woking 20 – 24 March, Wyvern Theatre Swindon 26 – 31 March, Theatre Royal Windsor 3 – 7 April, The Lowry Salford 17 – 21 April, Nuffield Southampton Theatres 23 – 28 April, The Capitol Horsham 1 – 5 May, Churchill Theatre Bromley 8 – 12 May, King’s Theatre Edinburgh 14 – 19 May, Cambridge Arts Theatre 21 – 26 May, Gala Theatre Durham 29 May – 2 June, Theatre Royal Glasgow 5 – 9 June, York Theatre Royal 11 – 16 June, Derby Theatre 18 – 23 June, New Alexandra Theatre Birmingham – BUY BIRDSONG TICKETS 25 June, Malvern Theatres 2 – 7 July, Assembly Hall Theatre Tunbridge Wells 10 – 17 July, Bristol Old Vic.