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Marking the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One, Birdsong is the critically acclaimed stage show based on Sebastian Faulks’s best-selling novel.

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In pre-war France, Englishman Stephen Wraysford embarks on a dangerous affair with the beautiful Isabelle Azaire turning their worlds upside down. As war breaks out over the idyll of his former life, Stephen must lead his men through the carnage of the Battle of the Somme and the sprawling tunnels that lie deep underground.


A mesmerising story of love and courage set both before and during the Great War.

The critical consensus

Revels equally in the explosive and the meditative, as in the moving stillness at the conclusion of each act.

****(*)Ron Simpson, What's On Stage, 14/02/2018

At times what happens on Victoria Spearing’s war-ravaged set is on the harrowing side of poignant, but it probably needs to be.

***(*)(*)Hugh Simpson, All Edinburgh Theatre, 09/05/2018

In truth, it is a fundamentally engaging piece of adaptation, with merit behind its messages. For lest we forget (again), that what is war but hell?

****(*)Dominic Corr, The Reviews Hub, 09/05/2018

Not alone in its grand, 100th anniversary, national tour, Birdsong may not stand up to the feat that is National Theatre’s WarHorse, yet it reminds us of the history that has been written before us and how we can write a different story next time - lest we forget.

***(*)(*)Katie Stephen, Edinburgh Guide, 10/05/2018

The story is one of tragedy and its message of peace cannot be argued against. However, as the centenary of the Great War Armistice approaches, the space for a fitting theatrical tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice remains void.

**(*)(*)(*)Fraser MacDonald, Broadway World, 30/05/2018

A play about the horrors of war is always a hard sell, and while this reviewer remains to be convinced by the structural changes in this newest production, in focussing on the human beings behind the gunfire, it makes for a gripping, timely and ultimately moving story that deserves to be seen.

***(*)(*)Lauren Humphreys, The Reviews Hub, 30/05/2018

Where and when?

King's Theatre, Edinburgh from Tuesday May 8, 2018, until Saturday May 12, 2018. More info:

Theatre Royal, Glasgow from Tuesday May 29, 2018, until Saturday June 2, 2018. More info:

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