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, arriving at the King’s Theatre Edinburgh and Theatre Royal Glasgow in May/June 2018.
‘Birdsong’, adapted from the 1993 bestselling novel, tells a mesmerising story of love and courage before and during the Great War. In pre-war France, a young Englishman, Stephen Wraysford, embarks on a passionate and dangerous affair with the beautiful Isabelle Azaire. 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, he clings to the memory of Isabelle and the idyll of his former life as the world explodes around him. The critically acclaimed production, seen by over 200,000 people, has received 4- and 5-star reviews, with audiences calling the show ‘simply stunning’. The cast will be headed by Tom Kay and Madeleine Knight as Stephen Wraysford and Isabelle Azaire.
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.’’
For ticketing information:
King’s Theatre Edinburgh 8th – 12th May www.edtheatres.com/kings
Theatre Royal Glasgow 29th May – 2nd June www.atgtickets.com/venues/theatre-royal-glasgow