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War Horse

National Theater Live: War Horse

The National Theatre’s multi-award-winning production of War Horse, seen by over 4 million people worldwide since its premiere at the National Theatre in 2007, will be broadcast live to cinemas for the very first time from its home at the New London Theatre in the West End on 27 February 2014 as part of National Theatre Live.

A triumph of theatricality – The Observer

Based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo, War Horse is the powerful story of a young boy called Albert and his beloved horse, Joey, who has been requisitioned to fight for the British in World War I. Caught in enemy crossfire, Joey ends up serving on both sides during the war before landing in No Man’s Land, while Albert, not old enough to enlist, embarks on a treacherous mission to find his horse and bring him home.  A remarkable tale of courage, loyalty and friendship, War Horse features ground-breaking puppetry work by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, which brings breathing and galloping horses to life on stage.

Absolutely guaranteed to move the heart – Sunday Express

National Theatre Live is an initiative by the National Theatre to broadcast live performances onto cinema screens around the world. Since its first season in June 2009, over 1.8 million people have experienced the work of National Theatre Live in 700 cinemas in 25 countries, with over 300 venues in the UK.

War Horse is currently celebrating its sixth year on the London stage and is now on a tour of the UK and Ireland. A German language production entitled Gefährten opens in October 2013 at the historic Theater des Westens in Berlin, and a North American production continues to tour throughout 2013 and 2014. The Broadway production of War Horse, which completed its run at the Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theater earlier this year, was the winner of six Tony Awards including a Special Tony Award for Handspring Puppet Company. 

Based on a novel by Michael Morpurgo, War Horse is adapted by Nick Stafford and presented in association with Handspring Puppet Company.  Directed by Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris, it is designed by Rae Smith, lighting is by Paule Constable and movement and horse choreography by Toby Sedgwick. The puppetry directors are Basil Jones and Adrian Kohler, with video design by 59 Productions Ltd, song-making by John Tams, music by Adrian Sutton and sound by Christopher Shutt.  

War Horse is produced in the West End by the National Theatre and National Angels.

Release Date:
Sunday, January 11, 2015
Running Time:
3 hr 0 min

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