In the West End there is already a well known story, set during the First World War, which has arrived from the pages of a famous novel. It takes the form of War Horse at the New London Theatre and pretty soon it is going to be joined by another acclaimed piece of work, “Birdsong” where love and passion are vital ingredients in keeping one man going during the struggle. The classic novel by Sebastian Faulks has been a favourite of readers since it was published in the early 1990s and it will clearly be hoping for the same level of interest as it opens at the Comedy Theatre, with acclaimed director Trevor Nunn taking the helm and screen star Ben Barnes landing a lead role.
Set in Europe prior to and during the First World War, “Birdsong” follows the character of Stephen Wraysford (Barnes) as he has some life changing experiences on the European continent. Before the war, when he is living as a guest of a factory owner, he falls in love with the man’s wife Isabella and their passionate relationship seeks to have enormous effects on them both. Years later, when he is stationed in France in the heat of battle, it is his love for her that keeps him going in the most difficult times. In addition to Stephen’s plight, the novel of “Birdsong” also follows various other characters in different periods of history, including a woman looking into the life of her grandfather during the conflict.
Ben Barnes is the latest familiar face to grace the stage of the Comedy Theatre, following the likes of Keira Knightley, Kelly Brook and Robert Webb in the past. His role as the love-struck Stephen comes after many years of work appearing in high profile movies and previous roles on the London stage. His credits include “The History Boys” at the National Theatre, as well as screen roles such as “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian”, plus its upcoming sequel “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader”, “Stardust” and “Dorian Gray”.
So it is likely that he will bring a lot to the role under the guide of the famous theatre director Trevor Nunn, who arrives to direct “Birdsong” following a host of credits in the West End, Broadway and for cinema.
Birdsong is at the Comedy Theatre from Tuesday 28th September 2010 (previews from Saturday 18th September 2010) to Saturday 15th January 2011.
|Booking From:||Saturday, 18th September 2010|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 15th January 2011|
|Matinees:||Thusday to Saturday 2.30pm|
|Evenings:||Monday to Saturday 7.30pm|
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