The stage version of Sebastian Faulk’s classic story of love and courage, Birdsong, will be at Blackpool Grand Theatre from Tuesday to Saturday February 5 to 9 next year.
In pre war France, a young Englishman Stephen Wraysford embarks on a passionate and dangerous affair with the beautiful Isabelle Azaire that turns their world upside down.
As war breaks out over the idyll of his former life, Stephen must lead his men through the carnage of the Battle of the Somme and through the sprawling tunnels that lie deep under ground.
Faced with the unprecedented horror of the war Stephen clings to the memory of Isabelle as his world explodes around him.
The BBC 1 TV series of Birdsong was aired over Christmas last year and following on from the hit West End production, this brand new adaptation marks the very first touring production of the play, adapted by Rachel Wagstaff.
Rachel said: “Birdsong is 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.
“Given the approaching centenary and the passing away of Harry Patch, the last surviving British Army Veteran to have fought in the Great War, it seems more important than ever that the courage and sacrifices of those who fought and fell for future generations are not only remembered, but understood.
“Lest we forget; lest we let suffering on such a scale ever happen again.”
Birdsong is performed by a dynamic ensemble company including award winning actress Sarah Jayne Dunn (Hollyoaks), Charlie G Hawkins (EastEnders), Arthur Bostrom of ‘Allo, Allo’ fame, Tim Van Eyken (War Horse) and introducing newcomer Jonathan Smith as Stephen Wraysford.
Tickets from £10 (booking and transaction fees apply) at www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk or the box office on (01253) 743339.