Birdsong is flying through its final UK tour this year to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War.
The stage adaptation by Rachel Wagstaff has received four and five star reviews, which is no surprise given the highly emotive topic. The book, written by Sebastian Faulks, tells the story of a young Englishman, Stephen Wraysford, as he embarks on a love affair with Isabelle Azaire, just as the war breaks out.
This tour will star Tom Kay and Madeleine Knight as Stephen Wraysford and Isabelle Azaire, directed by Alastair Whatley with Charlotte Peters. While no member of the cast is a ‘big name’, I feel this can only be a very strong indication that the cast will be powerful, poignant and perfectly cast in their roles.
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.’’
Photograph credited to Jack Ladenburg