A great work to mark Great War at Buxton

BIRDSONG - 2014 UK TOUR - George Banks as Stephen, Carolin Stoltz as Isabelle (Photo credit Jack Ladenburg)Birdsong – the critically acclaimed stage play adapted from the novel by Sebastian Faulks comes to Buxton Opera House from February 17-21 as part of a major national tour marking the centenerary of the Great War.

A dynamic cast of 12 shape the 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 destroys 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.

It is a mesmerising story of love and courage and it captures the heartbreak, loss and redemption love brings.

The show’s hugely successful 2013 and 2014 tours were seen by more than 130,000 people, receiving rave reviews, with audiences calling the show ‘simply stunning’.

Sebastian Faulks was thrilled the show was to tour again, and said: “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…”

Birdsong is again directed by Alastair Whatley, with set design by Victoria Spearing, lighting by Alex Wardle for Charcoalblue and sound by Dom Bilkey.

For more details about tickets and the times of the shows go to http://www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk