WW1 drama flies into the Opera House

In 2014, the year that will mark 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War, Rachel Wagstaff’s stage adaptation of Birdsong, from the novel by Sebastian Faulks, plays at the Grand Opera House from Monday 23 until Saturday June 28.

In pre-war France, a young Englishman Stephen Wraysford embarks on a passionate and dangerous affair with the beautiful Isabelle Azaire that turns their worlds upside down. As the war breaks out, Stephen must lead his men through the carnage of the Battle of the Somme and through the sprawling tunnels that lie deep underground. Faced with the unprecedented horror of the war, Stephen clings to the memory of Isabelle and the idyll of his former life as his world explodes around him.

Starring Olivier nominated actor and former Blue Peter presenter Peter Duncan and Hollyoaks’ Jonny Clarke, Birdsong is regularly voted as one of the nation’s all-time favourite books, selling more than two million copies in the United Kingdom and more than three million worldwide.

Tickets start at £19.50 and can be purchased online at www.goh.co.uk, in person at the Box Office located in the theatre foyer or via telephone on 9024 1919.