Birdsong tour to mark war centenary

Rachel Wagstaff’s adaptation of Sebastian Faulks’ First World War novel Birdsong embarks on its final UK tour next month.

The production will open at Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds on January 31 and continues until July 17.

After Bury St Edmunds, the production will visit Crewe, Leeds, Cheltenham, Brighton, Woking, Swindon, Windsor, Salford, Southampton, Horsham, Bromley, Edinburgh, Cambridge, Durham, Glasgow, York, Derby, Birmingham, Great Malvern, Tunbridge Wells and Bristol.

The cast will be led by Tom Kay and Madeleine Knight as Stephen Wraysford and Isabelle Azaire.

Kay appeared in a recent production of Journey’s End, performed on a First World War battlefield at Ypres.

Knight’s television and film credits include Poldark and Florence Foster Jenkins.

Birdsong is a story of love and courage, before and during the First World War.

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.’’