Birdsong on stage at Derby Theatre

Birdsong%20064ARTSBEAT THEATRE: Following 2010’s West End hit, an exciting, new stage adaptation of Birdsong, which is currently receiving rave reviews as it tours the country, will be presented at Derby Theatre from April 16 until 20.

A dynamic cast of 12 shape Faulks’ 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.

Birdsong is performed by The Original Theatre Company, including award-winning actress Sarah Jayne Dunn (Drop Dead Gorgeous, Hollyoaks) Charlie G Hawkins (Eastenders) Arthur Bostrom (‘Allo ‘Allo) Tim Van Eyken (War Horse) Tim Treloar (National Theatre, RSC) and introducing newcomer, Jonathan Smith as Stephen Wraysford. The stage version is by Rachel Wagstaff.

For more details about tickets and the times of the shows go to http://www.derbytheatre.co.uk. It is part of the theatre’s season ticket offer. The stage company also supports Help For Heroes.