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National tour of Birdsong

Adaptation of the much-loved Sebastian Faulks novel to tour until June.


The 2015 national tour of Rachel Wagstaff’s stage play Birdsong, adapted from the novel by Sebastian Faulks, will open on 4 February 2015 at the Fairfield Halls in Croydon. The production will tour until June 2015.

Touring during the 100th anniversary of the First World War, 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.

The 2013 and 2014 tours were hugely successful and critically acclaimed. Sebastian Faulks was thrilled the show was re-mounted to tour again, and has previously stated: “Both Rachel and I want this to be the definitive version of Birdsong on stage. The audience watch it and think, thank god I have never undergone all of this. These experiences are far outside the lives of most people but there is something about the way the production works which makes people identify and think, it could be me…”

Birdsong is again directed by Alastair Whatley.

See for more details.


4 – 7 February CROYDON Fairfield Halls 020 8688 9291
10 – 14 February ABERDEEN His Majesty’s Theatre 01224 641122
17 – 21 February BUXTON Opera House 0845 127 2190
23 – 28 February NEWCASTLE Northern Stage 0191 230 5151
10 – 14 March DARLINGTON Civic Theatre 01325 486555
16 – 21 March GUILDFORD Yvonne Arnaud 01483 440000
24 – 28 March POOLE The Lighthouse 0844 4068666
13 – 18 April LIVERPOOL The Playhouse 0151 709 4776
21 – 25 April EDINBURGH King’s Theatre 0131 529 6000
27 April – 9 May BRISTOL Old Vic 0117 987 7877 On Sale 12 November
12 – 23 May LEEDS West Yorkshire Playhouse 0113 213 7700
1 – 5 June PORTSMOUTH Kings Theatre Southsea 023 9282 8282
8 – 13 June HEREFORD Courtyard Theatre 01432 340555
16 – 20 June CREWE Lyceum 01270 368 242


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