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Birdsong – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Rachel Wagstaff (adapted from the novel by Sebastian Faulks) Directors: Alastair Whatley and Charlotte Peters Designer: Victoria Spearing Lighting: Alex Wardle Sound: Dominic Bilkey Reviewer: Janet Jepson Any mention of the First World War, otherwise known as the Great War, evokes in most people a sense of waste. All those young, often underage, innocent lives lost needlessly; swathes of ...

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Flowers for Mrs Harris – The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

Book: Rachel Wagstaff based on the original by Paul Gallico Music and Lyrics: Richard Taylor Director: Daniel Evans Designer: Lez Brotherston Musical Director: Tom Brady Reviewer: Fiona Hannon This new musical adaptation of Paul Gallico’s original book is the final production for Sheffield Theatres Artistic Director, Daniel Evans before he moves on to take charge of Chichester Festival Theatre. During ...

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Only The Brave – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Writer:Rachel Wagstaff Director &Lyricist:Steve Marmion Composer:Matthew Brind Reviewer:Jacqui Onions Only the Brave is a brand new musical from Wales Millennium Centre with Soho Theatre, Daniel Sparrow Productions, and Birdsong Productions. Inspired by real people and true accounts from World War II, the story focusses on Captain John Howard (David Thaxton) and the Company that he led to capture Benouville Bridge ...

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NEWS: Casting announced for Flowers for Mrs Harris

Daniel Evanshas today [26 February] announced casting for his final production as Artistic Director of Sheffield Theatres. The world première ofFlowers for Mrs HarrisbyRichard TaylorandRachel Wagstaff will include isMoyo Akandé,Anna-Jane Casey,Rebecca Caine,Luke Dale, David Durham,Louis Maskell,Mark Meadows,Laura Pitt-PulfordandNicola Sloane. Based on the novel by Paul Gallico, Flowers For Mrs Harris is the story of one woman’s dream of achieving the ...

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NEWS: Wales Millennium Centre to premiere original WW2 musical

Wales Millennium Centre is to premiere first full-scale, original musical, Only The Brave, the venue has announced today [28 January]. Produced in collaboration with Soho Theatre, Daniel Sparrow Productions and Birdsong Productions, Only The Brave tells the story of the lives of men and women caught up in the D-Day landings. Olivier Best Actor winner David Thaxton (Passion, Les Misérables, ...

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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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