Sunday, 22 July 2018

Moving Birdsong is back on tour

Birdsong, adapted from the novel by Sebastian Faulks and later made into a mini-series starring recent Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne, will be at Reading's Hexagon Theatre from Tuesday until Saturday, March 7.

Birdsong, adapted from the novel by Sebastian Faulks and later made into a mini-series starring recent Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne, will be at Reading's Hexagon Theatre from Tuesday until Saturday, March 7.

A touring production of Rachel Wagstaff's stage play it stars Peter Duncan, Edmund Wiseman and Emily Bowker.

Birdsong tells a story of love and courage, set before and during the First World War. In pre-war France, a young Englishman, Stephen Wraysford, embarks on a passionate and dangerous affair with the beautiful Isabelle Azaire that turns their worlds upside down. As the war breaks out, Stephen must lead his men through the carnage of the Battle of the Somme and through the sprawling tunnels that lie deep underground. Faced with the unprecedented horror of the war, Stephen clings to the memory of Isabelle and the idyll of his former life as his world explodes around him.

The 2013 and 2014 tours of Birdsong were seen by more than 130,000 people and received 4- and 5-star reviews. Sebastian Faulks was thrilled the show was re-mounted to tour again, and previously said: "Both Rachel and I want this to be the definitive version of Birdsong on stage. The audience watch it and think, thank God I have never undergone all of this.

"These experiences are far outside the lives of most people, but there is something about the way the production works which makes people identify and think, 'it could be me...'�

Tickets are £24.50 to £28.50. Box office 0118 960 6060 or visit the Hexagon website www.readingarts.com

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