Based on the novel by Sebastian Faulks


Marking the 100th anniversary First World War, Birdsong is the hit, critically acclaimed stage show based on the world famous novel by Sebastian Faulks.

In pre-war France, a young Englishman Stephen Wraysford embarks on a passionate and dangerous affair with the beautiful Isabelle Azaire. When the war breaks out over the idyll of his former life Stephen clings to the memory of Isabelle as his world explodes around him.

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

Peter Duncan returns to Birdsong as Jack Firebrace, having played the role in the 2014 tour.  Though perhaps best known as a Blue Peter presenter, and most recently seen competing on BBC One’s Tumble, Peter began his acting career in the 1970s when he joined the National Theatre.  Recent theatre credits include Denry Machin in The Card (for which he received an Olivier nomination for Best Actor in a Musical), Alan Ayckbourn‘s Things We Do For Love, the twins in Corpse, Stan Laurel in Laurel and Hardy, Macduff in Macbeth and Fantastic Mr Fox, both at the Open Air Theatre in Regent’s Park, and the title role in Charlie Peace - His Amazing Life And Outstanding Legend at Nottingham Playhouse and Coventry Belgrade's B2.

Edmund Wiseman, whose recent theatre credits include Richard II (RSC/Barbican), Duchess of Malfi (White Bear Theatre) and Filumena (Almeida), and Emily Bowker, whose recent roles include A Bunch of Amateurs (The Watermill), What the Women Did (Two’s Company/Southwark Playhouse) and London Wall (Two’s Company/Finborough and St James Theatres), play the romantic leads. Also in the cast are Emily Altneu, Max Bowden (currently Justin Fitzgerald in BBC One’s Waterloo Road), Selma Brook, James Findlay (winner of the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award 2010), Roger Martin, Liam McCormick, James Staddon, Cloudia Swann and Alastair Whatley.

First seen at the Yvonne Arnaud in early 2013 and now seen by over 130,000 people country-wide, this stunning piece of theatre makes an eagerly anticipated return to Guildford.


Stage Version by Rachel Wagstaff

Directed by Alastair Whatley

Running times: Act 1 80 mins, Interval 15 mins,  Act 2 50 mins


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“It left me choked up and blinking back the tears at the end”


“Moving, gripping, dramatically electrifying and outstanding”


“Does the book justice. Moving”



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