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Sebastian Faulks to make acting debut in Birdsong

Image caption Faulks' role as a soldier in the performance is a non-speaking part

Sebastian Faulks, the author of Birdsong, will make his acting debut in the stage production of his novel at the Theatre Royal in Brighton.

His cameo role marks the 200th stage performance of the play, which has been touring the UK since January.

Faulks will play a soldier in the wartime story set against the backdrop of the Western Front.

The 60-year-old novelist will appear in both the matinee and the evening performance on Thursday.

Birdsong is part of a trilogy of novels by Faulks and tells the story of Stephen Wraysford, both before and during World War I.

The stage version, adapted by Rachel Wagstaff and directed by Alastair Whatley, is running at the Theatre Royal Brighton until 3 August.

"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," said Whatley.

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

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