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Flare Path – Liverpool Playhouse

Philip Franks and Olivia Hallinan in Flare Path

Writer: Terence Rattigan Director: Justin Audibert Reviewer: Katherine Kirwin Terence Rattigan has been receiving a revival somewhat of late with several West End productions in the last five years; Cause Celebre, Flare Path, The Deep Blue Sea. This production by Original Theatre Company, who created the incredibly successful stage version of Birdsong, remains rooted firmly in the time it was ...

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Flare Path – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer: Terence Rattigan Director: Justin Audibert Reviewer: Glen Pearce Four years ago Trevor Nunn revived Terence Rattigan’s 1942 wartime drama,Flare Path, in a production that was hailed by many as the definitive staging. Starring Sheridan Smith, that production reinvigorated what had been considered to beone of Rattigan’s more problematic works. Now, hot on the heels of fellow wartime drama,Birdsong, Original ...

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Flare Path – Exeter Northcott Theatre

Writer: Terence Rattigan Director: Justin Audibert Reviewer: Christy Ku Set in World War Two, Patricia (Olivia Hallinan) is a former actress and wife of RAF pilot Teddy (Alastair Whatley). When her former flame and Hollywood icon Peter Kyle (Leon Ockenden) arrives and her husband is called on a dangerous mission over Germany, their seemingly perfect marriage is tested to the ...

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Birdsong – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Adapted by Rachel Wagstaff from the novel by Sebastian Faulks Music: Tim Van Eyken Director: Alastair Whatley Reviewer: Ruth Jepson It is now over 100 years since the onset of World War I. The men who fought it, and the women who waited for them to return, are long since dead. Birdsong however, will make you believe that you ...

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Birdsong – Bristol Old Vic, Bristol

Writer: Sebastian Faulks Adaptor: Rachel Wagstaff Director: Alastair Whatley Reviewer: Kris Hallett Rachel Wagstaff’s stage adaptation of Sebastian Faulks’Birdsongcontinues to go great guns, stopping off at Bristol Old Vic, as part of this, its third national tour. You can understand why; still in the midst of the centenary of the First World War, Faulks’ novel is a beautifully realised piece ...

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Birdsong – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Rachel Wagstaff based on the novel by Sebastian Faulks Director: Alastair Whatley Reviewer: Callum Walker Based on Sebastian Faulks critically acclaimed 1993 novel and marking the 100th anniversary of the First World War, the stage show of Birdsong is a roaring affair of passion and suspense. When stage show writer Rachel Wagstaff initially approached Faulks seeking permission to write ...

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Birdsong – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Book: Sebastian Faulks Stage adaptation: Rachel Wagstaff Director: Alastair Whatley Reviewer: Ann Bawtree Rachel Wagstaff’s timely stage adaptation of Sebastian Faulks’ novelBirdsong must,as a reflection of events during World War I,rank with such memorable productions as Journey’s Endand Oh, What a Lovely Waras we rightly remember the horrors of 1914 -1918. The action is based on the experiences of the ...

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Birdsong – Civic Theatre, Darlington

Writer: Rachel Wagstaff Novel: Sebastian Faulks. Director: Alastair Whatley Reviewer: Charlotte Broadbent Rachel Wagstaff has undertaken the monumental task of adapting Sebastian Faulks’ classic Birdsong. Faulks himself says that the book was “written with no thought for dramatic or cinematic adaptations.” It is a hefty volume, covering many years and three generations. As one of the best loved books written ...

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