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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 – 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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Birdsong – Birmingham REP Theatre

Writer: Sebastian Faulks Adaptor: Rachel Wagstaff Director: Alastair Whatley Reviewer: Jennie Philpot ‘Birdsong’ is one of those novels one feels they should read as a rite of passage, a story of love, war and the turmoil of both. With such a mighty book to adapt to stage the task was always going to be a daunting one but Rachel Wagstaff ...

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The Private Ear/The Public Eye – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer: Peter Shaffer Director: Alastair Whatley Reviewer: Michael Gray [Rating:4]   Peter Shaffer's delightful double bill was a huge hit on both sides of the Atlantic back in 1962. We're back in the days of Ascot water heaters and coffee bars, in a theatrical landscape before the National and the kitchen sink, when revue was fashionable, and it was not ...

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Birdsong – Oldham Coliseum Theatre

Writer: Sebastian Faulks Adaptor: Rachel Wagstaff Director: Alistair Whatley Reviewer: Luke Walker [rating: 4] With the centenary of the outbreak of the 'Great War' approaching, Sebastian Faulks's highly acclaimed 1993 novel, Birdsong, about the horrors of trench warfare may well have resurgence in the bookshops throughout the country. It is at least a decade since I read and it remains ...

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