Thursday, 14 January 2016

War Horse announces 2017-18 UK tour

Following its West End closure in March 2016, War Horse will launch a new UK tour next year.

War Horse will open at the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury on 15th September 2017 when it runs until 14th October 2017. Tickets for all venues go on sale from 8th February 2016. 

The play will then tour to the Bristol Hippodrome (18 October - 11 November 2017), the Empire Theatre in Liverpool (15 November – 2 December 2017), New Theatre in Oxford (13 December 2017 – 6 January 2018), Brighton Centre (25 January – 10 February 2018), Bradford Alhambra Theatre (14 February – 10 March 2018) and the Nottingham Royal Concert Hall (14 March – 7 April 2018). 

The next tour of War Horse coincides with the Centenary commemorations of the end of the First World War and follows the production’s successful tour of the UK and Ireland in 2013-2014.

Directed by Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris, Nick Stafford’s adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s remarkable story of courage, loyalty and friendship, about a young boy called Albert and his horse Joey, set against the backdrop of the First World War is the most successful play in the National Theatre’s history having been seen by over seven million people worldwide. 

War Horse received its world premiere on 9 October 2007 at the National Theatre, where it played for two seasons before opening at the New London Theatre in March 2009. Since then, War Horse has been seen in 97 cities in 10 countries, including productions on Broadway, in Toronto and Berlin, with touring productions in the UK and Ireland, North America, the Netherlands and Belgium. A Chinese-language production opened in Beijing last year, and is running in Shanghai until 17th January and will open in Guangzhou on 8th March.

Michael Morpurgo said: "After a few months rest, out at pasture, Joey, the War Horse and his great team from the National Theatre, will be touring the UK again, from 2017 through to 2018 and the centenary of the end of the First World War, taking their show all over the country, to towns and cities, many of them places War Horse has not been seen before. I am so pleased this is happening; that so many more people will have the chance to enjoy this unique theatrical event. Steady boy, steady Joey. Trot on!"

Photo Credit: Brinkhoff Mögenburg

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