Ben Barnes Returns To Stage In ‘Birdsong’

According to this article, published by the U.K. Daily Mail, Ben will return to the stage this fall to star in the stage version of Sebastian Faulks’ Birdsong.

British film star Ben Barnes will return to the stage to star as Stephen Wraysford in the world premiere stage version of Sebastian Faulks’ Birdsong, according to today’s Daily Mail. The adaptation of the best-selling 1993 novel, directed by Trevor Nunn, will have a limited season from 29 September 2010 at the West End’s Comedy Theatre.

Part of Faulks’ trilogy which also comprises The Girl at the Lion d’Or and Charlotte Gray, Birdsong centres on Stephen Wraysford (Barnes) who, while staying as the guest of a factory owner in pre-war France, 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.

Birdsong goes into rehearsal in early August and performances are set to begin at the Comedy Theatre on September 18, with opening night on September 28.

The play is scheduled to run through January 15, 2011. (Buy Tickets)

Source: WhatsOnStage.com


Kim said:

This is so exciting! I just ordered the book because this sounds so good. Man, I would love to head to England to see a few shows.

June 17th, 2010

Steelsheen said:

so looks like the Theater community has made peace with Ben Barnes. despite the title, its a fair question to ask if this is a musical, given Ben’s penchance for musical anything?

June 17th, 2010

Nicole L. said:

this sounds like an interesting play (i love war stories, strange as it might be)…i’d love to see it, but there’s a slim to none chance i’d ever get to England =/ lol

i’ll definitely have to check out the book!

congrats on the new project Ben!! :) (if he by a small chance he reads this)

June 17th, 2010

Nightshade said:

Oh, this sounds exciting!

I wonder if I might be able to afford to get up there to see him on stage – now that would be so delightful :-D

June 18th, 2010

Kimbers said:

OMG! Does anyone know how i can get tickets???!!!

June 18th, 2010

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June 18th, 2010

Katie said:

aaaah! amazing news! need to get tickets ASAP!

June 18th, 2010

Alison said:

I doubt it’s a musical. I’ve read the book and I can’t imagine them adapting it that way but you never know. There’s a lot about life in the trenches and how horrendous it was so I imagine that it’ll be quite upsetting. Good choice on ben’s behalf. I love that he keeps doing totally different projects.

June 18th, 2010

Mandi said:

I agree with Alison… I doubt it’s a musical. The boy can sing, but I can’t picture Ben busting out into song and dance with out giggling like a school girl at boy band concert. LOL

I’m really happy that He’s gone and make his peace with the stage community. It’ll mean that he’ll be able to stay in one place for a while… especially in London which is where he grew up and can be near his family for a while. It’s hard always being away.

June 18th, 2010

Tanya said:

London theater direct has some tickets on sale. It ranges between 35 to 55 pounds sterling per ticket. I wish I could go and see at least 1 performance.

June 19th, 2010

Stephanie said:

For those interested in purchasing tickets, I’ve added a link to Ticketmaster .. :)

June 19th, 2010

Katie said:

Argh I am so excited, I just bought two tickets for the 20th. If you never hear from me again after that it’s because I stopped breathing haha!

June 19th, 2010

Ananas said:

That’s so great!!

Do you think there will be any ticket left after summer? =/
I am from France, I would looooove to come to London to see the play, but I don’t think I will be able to book anything before September…

June 20th, 2010

Jade said:

I am SO excited for this!
I’ve got my tickets, and I CANNOT wait!
‘Birdsong’ is one of my favourite all time novels, and I am so glad Ben is going to be playing Stephen! I suggest everyone read it, it makes me cry every single time!
More Bin Bons in London! Sweet!

June 22nd, 2010

Zoey said:

Has this actually been confirmed yet, ladies? Sounds too good to be true! xx

June 23rd, 2010

Nightshade said:

I’m so excited – just bought tickets for myself and my daughter for the 23rd September matinee performance!

Although I am from London at present I live a good way away – Somerset – so the fares will be quite expensive. I was going to drive into the suburbs then get the tube in but think this would be too exhausting, so will probably get the train up to Waterloo.

June 30th, 2010

Helaine said:

I wish I could see him on stage… :(

July 9th, 2010

tilly said:

woooo hooooo celebrate! Maybe I’ll be able to see him in real life!

September 28th, 2010

Daisy said:

I have got tickets for 18thdec and i cant waitt i love Ben barnes hes gawjus and such a great actor loves :) x

December 3rd, 2010