This is the first time one of Faulks' works has been adapted for the stage; it has been developed by playwright Rachel Wagstaff. Her previous work includes The Soldier and Only The Brave. She is a participant of Old Vic New Voices, and her work has been performed at the annual 24 Hour Plays. She has previously adapted Faulks' "The Girl at Lion d’Or" for BBC Radio 4.
According to press materials, the play tells the story of one man’s journey through an all-consuming love affair and into the horror of the First World War. While staying as the guest of a factory owner in pre-First World War France, Stephen Wraysford embarks on a passionate affair with Isabelle, 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.
The original novel has sold more than two million copies in the United Kingdom and more than three million worldwide and still regularly appears in the best-seller lists. Casting and further details are still to be announced.
The box office opens May 28. To book tickets, contact the box office on 0844 871 2118, or visit www.birdsongtheplay.co.uk for more information.