Birdsong, music to our ears?

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BIRDSONG came 13th in a BBC poll to find the finest novels of all time.

We’ll find out whether or not it makes for good theatre tonight when it begins a five-night run at the Grand.

The novel, which has been one of the highest-selling books in the country over the last two decades, tells the tale of Stephen Wraysford at different stages of his life, both before and during the Great War, and about his affair with the beautiful Isabelle Azaire that ends up turns both their worlds upside down.

The BBC 1 series of Birdsong was aired over Christmas 2011 and its first run on stage, in the West End, was a big hit.

This is a brand new adaptation, by Rachel Wagstaff, and features an eye-catching cast, including award winning actress Sarah Jayne Dunn (Hollyoaks), Charlie G Hawkins (Eastenders), Arthur Bostrom (‘Allo ‘Allo, the detective who mispronounced ordinary English words, such as “good moaning” instead of “good morning” ... though rest assured he won’t be doing the funny accent tonight), Tim Van Eyken (War Horse) and newcomer Jonathan Smith as Stephen Wraysford.

Its run at the Grand kicks off tonight (7.30pm) and is on nightly until Saturday. There are matinees tomorrow and Saturday. Tickets available from a tenner at www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk