Birdsong to play at West Yorkshire Playhouse

Critically acclaimed production of Birdsong to play at West Yorkshire Playhouse, marking the centenary of the end of the First World War.

Marking the centenary of the end of the First World War, Rachel Wagstaff’s highly acclaimed adaptation of Sebastian Faulks’s best-selling novel Birdsong will play at West Yorkshire Playhouse from Tuesday 13 February.

A mesmerising story of love and courage, young Englishman Stephen Wraysford embarks on a passionate and dangerous affair with the beautiful Isabelle Azaire in pre-war France, turning both their worlds upside down.  As the war breaks out, Stephen clings to the memory of Isabelle and the idyll of his former life as his world explodes around him, as he leads his men through the Battle of the Somme.

The cast will be headed by Yorkshire born Tom Kay as Stephen Wraysford, who appeared to great acclaim in a recent production of Journey’s End, performed on a First World War battlefield at Ypres.

Birdsong author 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 is produced by Birdsong Productions Ltd in association with Original Theatre, and directed by Alastair Whatley with Charlotte Peters, with set design by Victoria Spearing, lighting by Alex Wardle for Charcoalblue and sound by Dom Bilkey.

Birdsong is suitable for ages 12+.

Birdsong, Quarry Theatre. Tue 13  – Sat 17 Feb, Press Night Tue 13 Feb, 7.30pm

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