Win tickets to see Birdsong at King’s Theatre, Glasgow

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A BRAND new theatre production of Birdsong, adapted from the critically acclaimed novel by Sebastian Faulks, is coming to Glasgow’s King’s Theatre from April 8 to 13.

And your Milngavie and Bearsden Herald has a pair of tickets to give away to see this on Tuesday, April 9 at 7.30pm.

Following 2010’s West End hit, this exciting adaptation by the Original Theatre Company & Birdsong Productions Ltd marks the very first touring production of the play.

Over 22 venues across the UK, a dynamic cast of 12 shape Faulks’s much loved wartime epic into an intimate story of love and sacrifice, set against the backdrop of the Western Front.

Starring Sarah Jayne Dunn, Jonathan Smith, Charlie G Hawkins and Arthur Bostrom the production arrives after the recent announcement of a historic commemoration ceremony of the centenary of the start of World War I, to be held on Remembrance Day, 2014.

Sebastian Faulks has been invited to sit on the advisory board for this event.

In pre-war France, young Englishman Stephen Wraysford embarks on a passionate and dangerous affair with his host’s wife, Isabelle Azaire.

As civil unrest mounts and war breaks in on the idyll of his former life, Stephen finds he must now lead his men through the carnage of the Battle of The Somme and the sprawling tunnels that lie deep underground. Faced with unprecedented horror, the war-hardened Stephen clings to the shrinking memory of Isabelle as his world explodes around him.

Birdsong was ranked 13th in the 2003 BBC survey The Big Read, finding the nation’s favourite book.

The novel was adapted for the stage by Rachel Wagstaff and opened at the Comedy Theatre, London (2010), and more recently was adapted for TV by Abi Morgan for a BBC 1 series (Jan 2012).

This vivid and ambitious new production follows the launch of Sebastian Faulks’s latest novel A Possible Life (Sept 2012). He was appointed CBE in 2002 for services to literature.

Recognising the relevance this story has with the on-going impact of the conflict of war on everyday life the tour is proud to be supporting Help for Heroes.

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