Much-loved book takes to the stage

Jonathan Smith, Sarah Jayne Dunn in Birdsong at Nottingham Theatre Royal from June 17-22, 2013
Jonathan Smith, Sarah Jayne Dunn in Birdsong at Nottingham Theatre Royal from June 17-22, 2013

The Original Theatre Company and Birdsong Productions Ltd will be performing a touring production of Birdsong at Nottingham’s Theatre Royal from June 17-22.

It has been adapted by Rachel Wagstaff from the critically acclaimed novel by Sebastian Faulks and is being directed

by Alastair Whatley.

Following 2010’s West End hit, this exciting, brand new adaptation marks the very first touring production of the play.

Faulks’s story is a much loved wartime epic of love and sacrifice, set against the backdrop of the Western Front.

The production arrives after the recent announcement of a historic commemoration ceremony of the centenary of the start of World War I, to be held on Remembrance Day, 2014. Sebastian Faulks has been invited to sit on the advisory board for this event.

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 (January 2012).

Ticket details for this touriing production are available by calling the box office on 0115 9895555 or going online to www.trch.co.uk