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Birdsong

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  • Booking From:
  • 18-Sep-2010
  • Booking Until:
  • 15-Jan-2011
  • Running Time:
  • 3 Hours
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Birdsong Tickets

Comedy Theatre, Panton Street, London SW1Y 4DN

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Based on Sebastian Faulks's international best-selling novel, the play tells the story of one man's journey through an all consuming love affair and into the horror of the First World War.

While staying as the guest of a factory owner in pre-First World War France, Stephen Wraysford embarks on a passionate affair with Isabelle, the wife of his host. The affair changes them both for ever. A few years later Stephen finds himself back in the same part of France, but this time as a soldier at the Battle of the Somme, the bloodiest encounter in British military history. As his men die around him, Stephen turns to his enduring love for Isabelle for the strength to continue and to save something for future generations.

For the first time, this beautiful and terrible story about love, courage and the endurance of the human spirit is brought to the stage in a version by Rachel Wagstaff. The world premiere of this production is directed by Trevor Nunn.

Matinees: Thusday to Saturday 2.30pm Evenings: Monday to Saturday 7.30pm
Theatre Venue: Comedy Theatre
Address: Denman Street, London W1D 7DY
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The Royal Comedy Theatre, as it was then known, opened on 15 October 1881. The theatre's reputation grew through the First World War when C B Cochran and André Charlot presented their famous review shows. The range of work at the Comedy Theatre has been far reaching, from musical comedies to revival and experimental theatre and includes hugely successful shows such as Savages starring Paul Scofield in 1973 and The Rocky Horror Show making its West End debut in 1979. Alan Bennett has appeared with Patricia Routledge in his Talking Heads and Stockard Channing appeared in Six Degrees of Separation, which won best play at the 1993 Olivier Awards. No history of the Comedy Theatre would be complete without reference to Harold Pinter. The Homecoming, No-man's Land, Moonlight, The Hothouse and The Caretaker have all been presented in recent years. Maureen Lipman has also graced the Comedy stage starring in Alan Plater's highly acclaimed comedy, Peggy For You, but The Comedy's two biggest successes must be The Caretaker starring Michael Gambon in 2000 and an eight week sell out of Little Malcolm and his Struggle Against the Eunuchs in 1999, starring Ewan McGregor and directed by Denis Lawson, which smashed all box office records. More recently, Francesca Annis and Anthony Andrews have starred in Ibsen's Ghosts and 2004 saw the much lauded revival of RC Sherriff's Journey's End and a successful run of The Old Masters by Simon Gray, starring Edward Fox and Peter Bowles. This production was directed by Harold Pinter. In January 2005, Kim Cattrall starred in Peter Hall's production of Whose Life Is It Anyway? by Brian Clark, followed by Tom Courtenay in Brian Friel's The Home Place and Joseph Fiennes and Francesca Annis starred in Epitaph for George Dillon by John Osborne and Anthony Creighton. Disclaimer: Whilst every effort is made to ensure that the information on these pages is correct, we cannot be held responsible for any errors or omissions. Ticket prices and Show details correct at time of publication, however if you are in any doubt about any of the information on this site, please do not hesitate to contact the Box Office for further assistance.

Casts:Trevor Nunn