Wednesday, 3 October 2012

War Horse announces 2013/14 UK Tour

The National Theatre’s award-winning production of War Horse will begin a ten month, nine-venue tour of the UK and Ireland beginning 27th September 2013.

Seen by over 2.4 million people worldwide since its premiere at the National Theatre in 2007, War Horse will visit the Theatre Royal, Plymouth; Birmingham Hippodrome; The Lowry in Salford Quays; the Festival Theatre, Edinburgh; The Mayflower Theatre, Southampton; Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin; Sunderland Empire; the Alhambra Theatre, Bradford; and the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff.

National Theatre producer Chris Harper said: ‘We are delighted that our production of War Horse will soon be touring the UK and visiting Dublin. We’re particularly pleased to be opening the tour in Michael Morpurgo’s home county of Devon, the birthplace of his award-winning novel.’

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 English 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.

War Horse is based on a novel by Michael Morpurgo, 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. 

Now in its fourth year in London’s West End, War Horse consistently attracts sell-out houses at the New London Theatre. The Broadway production, which continues its run at the Lincoln Center until 6 January 2013, was the winner of six Tony Awards, including ‘Best Play’ and a ‘Special Tony Award’ for Handspring Puppet Company. 

The Canadian production opened to critical acclaim in Toronto in February 2012, where it continues to play, while a North American tour began in Los Angeles in June 2012 and will visit 27 cities in its first year, with future productions planned for Australia, opening in December 2012 and Berlin where it opens in October 2013.

Michael Morpurgo has written over 100 books and was Children’s Laureate from 2003 - 2005. A major feature film of War Horse, based on his 1982 novel and directed by Stephen Spielberg, was nominated for six Academy Awards in 2011. 

The National’s production of War Horse is currently in the West End, New York, Toronto and on tour in North America, with other productions planned worldwide. One Man, Two Guvnors also continues in the West End, with a new UK and international tour starting in October 2012.

War Horse is produced on tour by the National Theatre -

UK and Ireland Tour dates Theatre Royal, Plymouth 27 September – 12 October 2013
Birmingham Hippodrome 17 October – 9 November 2013
The Lowry, Salford Quays 20 November 2013 – 18 January 2014
Festival Theatre, Edinburgh 22 January – 15 February 2014
The Mayflower Theatre, Southampton 19 February – 15 March 2014
Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin 26 March – 26 April 2014
Sunderland Empire 30 April – 17 May 2014
Alhambra Theatre, Bradford 26 May – 14 June 2014
Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff/ 18 June – 19 July 2014 Canolfan Mileniwn Cymru

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