Touring during the 100th anniversary of the First World War, Birdsong tells a compelling story of love and courage, before and during the war.
In pre-war France, young Englishman Stephen Wraysford embarks on a passionate and dangerous affair with beautiful Isabelle Azaire.
As the war breaks out, Stephen must lead his men through the carnage of the Battle of the Somme and through the tunnels that lie deep underground. Faced with the horror of the war, Stephen clings to the memory of Isabelle and the idyll of his former life as his world explodes around him.
Former Blue Peter presenter Peter Duncan, who began his acting career in the 1970s when he joined the National Theatre, returns to this tour having excelled in the role of Jack Firebrace last year.
Birdsong’s author Sebastian Faulks is thrilled that the show is touring again. He said: “Both Rachel Wagstaff (the stage-play writer) and I want this to be the definitive version of Birdsong on stage. 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 runs at Buxton Opera House from February 17 to 21 at 7.30pm with matinees on Wednesday and Saturday at 2.30pm. Tickets £15-£23. Contact 0845 127 2190 or 01298 72190 or www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk
We have two pairs of tickets to be won for the performance on Tuesday, February 17. Email the name of the author of Birdsong with your name and contact details, marking Birdsong in subject box, to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Entries close February 16, 2015.