Novelist makes acting debut at Theatre Royal

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Author Sebastian Faulks has graced the stage of many literary festivals, but he made his acting debut at Theatre Royal Brighton on Thursday as he played a walk on part in Birdsong, the play adapted from his much loved wartime epic.

Faulks’ appearance marks the 200th stage performance of Birdsong, an intimate story of love and sacrifice, set against the backdrop of the Western Front.

Birdsong runs at Theatre Royal Brighton until Saturday, August 3.

Brighton is the final venue in a UK tour of the play, which has visited over 25 cities in eight months to over 70,000 audience members.

In Birdsong, which is set in pre-war France, young Englishman Stephen Wraysford embarks on a passionate and dangerous affair with his host’s wife, Isabelle Azaire.

As civil unrest mounts and war breaks in on the idyll of his former life, Stephen finds he must now lead his men through the carnage of the Battle of the Somme and the sprawling tunnels that lie deep underground.

Faced with unprecedented horror, the war-hardened Stephen clings to the shrinking memory of Isabelle as his world explodes around him.

Commenting on his appearance, director Alastair Whatley said: “We are fully aware of Theatre Royal Brighton’s history and standing as a Theatre and feel very honoured that the Birdsong author Sebastian Faulks is to appear on its stage, if briefly, as part of this production.

“It is a fitting way to mark the 200th performance of Birdsong.”

Tickets and information

The production runs until Saturday, August 3, at the Theatre Royal, Brighton.

Evenings: 7.45pm. Saturday matinee at 2.30pm.

To book tickets call 0844 871 7650 or visit (both subject to a booking fee)

Tickets for the show cost £10 - £25.