Tumble star Peter Duncan rolls into His Majesty’s

Peter Duncan head the cast of the World War 1 play Birdsong.
Peter Duncan head the cast of the World War 1 play Birdsong.

Former Blue Peter presenter and star of BBC 1’s Tumble, Peter Duncan is to head the cast in Rachel Wagstaff’s acclaimed stage play Birdsong which comes to His Majesty’s Theatre in Aberdeen next month.

Starring alongside Edmund Wiseman and Emily Bowker he plays Jack Firebrace in the stage version of Sebastian Faulks’s novel, which begins a week-long run at the city theatre on Tuesday, February 10, on the first Scottish date of the UK tour.

Although perhaps best-known as a Blue Peter presenter, former Chief Scout, documentary maker and was most recently seen competing on BBC One’s Tumble, Peter began his acting career in the 1970s when he joined the National Theatre.

His recent theatre credits include Denry Machin in The Card (for which he received an Olivier nomination for Best Actor in a Musical), Alan Ayckbourn‘s Things We Do For Love, the twins in Corpse, Stan Laurel in Laurel and Hardy, Macduff in Macbeth and Fantastic Mr Fox, both at the Open Air Theatre in Regent’s Park, and the title role in Charlie Peace - His Amazing Life And Outstanding Legend at Nottingham Playhouse and Coventry Belgrade’s B2.

The romantic leads of Stephen Wraysford and Isabelle Azaire will be played by Edmund, whose recent theatre credits include Richard II (RSC/Barbican), Duchess of Malfi (White Bear Theatre) and Filumena (Almeida), and Emily, whose recent roles include A Bunch of Amateurs (The Watermill), What the Women Did (Two’s Company/Southwark Playhouse) and London Wall (Two’s Company/Finborough and St James Theatres).

Tickets for Birdsong are available online at www.aberdeenperformingarts.com by calling 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall and His Majesty’s Theatre.