Sebastion Faulks'”BIRDSONG” At Milton Keynes Theatre

STAGE ADAPTATION OF SEBASTIAN FAULKS’ CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED NOVEL BIRDSONG ARRIVES IN MK

Charlie G Hawkins (middle) cr Jack Ladenburg

Following 2010’s West End hit, this exciting, brand new adaptation marks the very first touring production of Sebastian Faulks’ acclaimed World War I drama, Birdsong. A dynamic cast of 12 shape Faulks’s much loved wartime epic into an intimate story of love and sacrifice, set against the backdrop of the Western Front.

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.

Jonathan Smith, Sarah Jayne Dunn cr Jack Ladenburg (2)

The novel Birdsong was adapted for the stage by Rachel Wagstaff and opened at the Comedy Theatre, London (2010), and more recently was a BBC 1 series (Jan 2012). This vivid and ambitious new production follows the launch of Sebastian Faulks’s latest novel A Possible Life (Sept 2012). He was appointed CBE in 2002 for services to literature.

This production of Birdsong, arriving at Milton Keynes Theatre 22 – 27 July, stars Sarah Jayne Dunn, Jonathan Smith, Charlie G Hawkins and Arthur Bostrum.

Rachel Wagstaff comments: “Birdsong is in an incredibly powerful novel, and through the story of Faulks’s fictional characters, we can understand what it might have been like for individuals caught up in this most extraordinary period of world history.

Birdsong, is at Milton Keynes Theatre from 22nd – 27th July

Box Office: 0844 871 7652 or online: www.atgtickets.com/miltonkeynes

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