October 25, 2010
Valid for Mon – Thurs performances from 13 November to 16 December 2010.
Westendtheatre.com presents a great ticket offer on Trevor Nunn’s acclaimed new production of BIRDSONG, at the Comedy Theatre in London for a strictly limited season.
Adapted from Sebastian Faulks’ celebrated novel by Rachel Wagstaff, the play stars Hollywood’s Ben Barnes (Prince Caspian in the Chronicles of Narnia films), Nicholas Farrell (Chariots of Fire, Stuff Happens), Iain Mitchell (La Cage Aux Folles, Edmond), Genevieve O’Reilly (Spooks, The Weir), Lee Ross (Eastenders, The Catherine Tate Show) and Zoe Waites (Mrs Klein, The Other Boleyn Girl).
This beautiful and haunting story about love, courage and the endurance of the human spirit recounts the story of a man’s all-consuming love affair, set against the horror of the First World War.
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September 13, 2010
It’s an eclectic mix of shows that are opening this week in the West End, as the autumn season of new productions begins apace. From Wonder Woman to Michael Gambon via Noel Coward and Sebastian Faulks, there’s something for everyone.
On Tuesday 14 September, Les Miserables returns to the Barbican Theatre, where it all began 25 years ago. A brand new production of Boublil and Schonberg’s legendary musical has been touring the UK to celebrate its 25th anniversary and completes its run at the Barbican – but for only 22 performances. The show features a dynamic young cast including Gareth Gates.
Noel Coward is never far from the West End, and Wednesday 15 September sees the opening night of Design for Living at the Old Vic Theatre in Waterloo. Anthony Page directs Coward’s 1932 comedy about the complicated three-way relationship between two men and a woman. The play stars Tom Burke (Telstar), Andrew Scott (Lennon Naked) and Lisa Dillon (Cranford) and runs until 27 November.
On the same day Krapp’s Last Tape starts previews at the Duchess Theatre starring one of Britain’s most accomplished actors, Michael Gambon. The Dublin Gate Theatre transfer of Samuel Beckett’s classic enjoyed rave reviews at the Gate directed by Michael Colgan. The 50 minute show is playing two shows a night, keeping Mr Gambon nicely occupied.
On Friday 17 September the fabulous Lynda Carter, aka Wonder Women, pops to town for two shows of her Lynda Carter: At Last solo sing-fest. Best known to millions as TV superhero Wonder Woman, Lynda Carter: At Last is a musical evening to celebrate her recent solo album. Following dates in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, Lynda Carter will appear in London on 17 and 18 September 2010 at the Garrick Theatre.
Also on Friday, the Chichester Festival Theatre’s sell-out production of Yes, Prime Minister starts previews at the Gielgud Theatre starring Henry Goodman and David Haig. The original writers of the BBC series, Antony Jay & Jonathan Lynn, have reunited for this hilarious 30th anniversary production, promising much topical wit and political spin-doctoring: Jim Hacker and Sir Humphrey Appleby are back and this time to face the country in financial meltdown!
The following day, Saturday 18 September, Trevor Nunn is back in the West End directing Rachel Wagstaff’s adaptation of the best-selling Sebastian Faulks novel Birdsong. The play starts previews at the Comedy Theatre starring British movie star Ben Barnes (The Chronicles of Narnia), Nicholas Farrell, Iain Mitchell, Genevieve O’Reilly and Lee Ross, and tells the moving story of one man’s journey through an all consuming love affair and into the horror of the First World War.
August 9, 2010
The full cast has been announced for Birdsong at the Comedy Theatre in London.
Rehearsals start today, 9 August, for a new stage adaptation of Sebastian Faulks’ acclaimed novel Birdsong.
The play will starts previews at the Comedy Theatre in London on 18 September, adapted by Rachel Wagstaff and directed by Trevor Nunn.
The cast for the play includes Hollywood star Ben Barnes (Prince Caspian in the Chronicles of Narnia films), Nicholas Farrell (Chariots of Fire, Stuff Happens), Iain Mitchell (La Cage Aux Folles, Edmond), Genevieve O’Reilly (Spooks, The Weir), Lee Ross (Eastenders, The Catherine Tate Show) and Zoe Waites (Mrs Klein, The Other Boleyn Girl).
The moving play recounts the story of a man’s all-consuming love affair, set against the horror of the First World War:
While staying as the guest of a factory owner in pre-First World War France, Stephen Wraysford (Ben Barnes) embarks on a passionate affair with Isabelle (Genevieve O’Reilly), the wife of his host. The affair changes them both forever. A few years later Stephen finds himself back in the same part of France, but this time as a soldier at the Battle of the Somme, the bloodiest encounter in British military history. As his men die around him, Stephen turns to his enduring love for Isabelle for the strength to continue and to save something for future generations.
This beautiful and haunting story about love, courage and the endurance of the human spirit will be brought to the stage in a new version by Rachel Wagstaff (The Soldier, Only The Brave) and directed by the multi-award winning Trevor Nunn, whose recent productions include A Little Night Music and Aspects of Love.
Ben Barnes as Stephen Wraysford: Prince Caspian in the Narnia films including the forthcoming The Voyage of the Dawn Treader; Oliver Parker’s Dorian Gray; Stardust; Easy Virtue; Stage credits include Sex, Chips & Rock’n’Roll (Royal Exchange, Manchester), Loving Ophelia (Pleasance, London) and The History Boys (West End, National Theatre).
Nicholas Farrell as René Azaire: Film includes Aubrey Montague in Chariots of Fire; Amazing Grace, Bloody Sunday, Charlotte Gray, and Pearl Harbour, while his television credits include Torchwood, Persuasion, Spooks and Jewel in the Crown. Stage includes David Hare’s Stuff Happens (National Theatre); Kenneth Branagh’s RSC Hamlet; the Old Vic, the Royal Court.
Iain Mitchell’s as Bérard: Stage includes the Menier Chocolate Factory’s La Cage Aux Folles; Stuff Happens, His Dark Materials, Edmond, Mother Clapp’s Molly House, The Invention of Love and The Madness of George III at the National Theatre. Films include The Other Boleyn Girl and The History Boys. TV includes Prime Suspect 7, Poirot and Trial & Retribution.
Genevieve O’Reilly as Isabelle: Sarah Caulfield in Spooks. Film includes Star Wars Episode III – Revenge of The Sith; The Matrix Revolutions and The Matrix Reloaded. Stage includes The Weir (Gate Theatre, Dublin) and Richard II (Old Vic).
Lee Ross as Jack Firebrace: Stage includes Bugsy Malone; The Neighbour (National Theatre); Whipping it Up (West End transfer). TV includes Owen Turner in Eastenders; The Catherine Tate Show; Ashes to Ashes; Life on Mars.
Zoe Waites as Jeanne: Stage includes Thea Sharrock’s Mrs Klein (Almeida; Hedda Gabler (Theatre Royal Bath); Nicholas Nickleby (West End / UK Tour).
Full cast: Ben Barnes, Nicholas Farrell, Iain Mitchell, Genevieve O’Reilly, Lee Ross, Zoe Waites, Owain Arthur, Billy Carter, Florence Hall, Paul Hawkyard, Gregg Lowe, Joe Coen, Jack Hawkins, James Staddon and Annabel Topham.
July 8, 2010
British film star Ben Barnes has signed up for a stage adaptation of Sebastian Faulk’s acclaimed book Birdsong.
Running from 18 September at the Comedy Theatre, following current show La Bete, Birdsong is the harrowing First World War drama about one man’s journey through an all-consuming love affair and the brutality of the Great War.
The play will be directed by Trevor Nunn, following his current project directing Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Aspects of Love at the Menier Chocolate Factory.
Ben Barnes is best known for playing Prince Caspian in the Chronicles Of Narnia films, with the third instalment, The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader directed by Michael Apted, to be released at the end of the year. Barnes is an experienced stage performer having appeared in The History Boys, both at the National Theatre and in the West End, where he controversially pulled out of performances in order to take on the role of Prince Caspian in the Narnia films.
He has also appeared in Loving Ophelia at the Pleasance theatre, and other screen roles include Stardust, Bigga Than Ben and Dorian Gray.
Faulks’ novel, which has sold over two million copies in the UK, l has been adapted for the stage by Rachel Wagstaff.
While staying as the guest of a factory owner in pre-First World War France, Stephen Wraysford (Ben Barnes) embarks on a passionate affair with Isabelle, the wife of his host, changing both their lives forever. A few years later Stephen finds himself back in the same part of France, but this time as a soldier at the Battle of the Somme, the bloodiest encounter in British military history. As his men die around him, Stephen turns to his enduring love for Isabelle for the strength to continue and to save something for future generations.