War Horse is a powerfully moving and imaginative drama, filled with stirring music and songs – a show of phenomenal inventiveness.
Based on the much-loved novel by Michael Morpurgo, at its heart are astonishing life-sized puppets created by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, who bring breathing, galloping, charging horses to life on the stage.
War Horse opened at the National Theatre on London’s South Bank in autumn 2007. It quickly became an overnight sensation and, every ticket having been sold for its first run, returned to the National the next autumn. Having concluded its spectacularly successful second run, the production transferred to the New London Theatre in the West End, where it has been playing to packed houses ever since. The show is currently booking into 2012.
War Horse opened at the Lincoln Center Theater, New York City in March 2011.
Stephen Spielberg’s new movie adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s novel will be released by Dreamworks Studios in late 2011.
At the outbreak of World War One, Joey, young Albert’s beloved horse, is sold to the cavalry and shipped to France.
He’s soon caught up in enemy fire, and fate takes him on an extraordinary odyssey, serving on both sides before finding himself alone in no man’s land.
But Albert cannot forget Joey and, still not old enough to enlist, he embarks on a treacherous mission to the trenches to find him and bring him home.
War Horse recently scooped five Tony Awards in New York including the award for best play!
Every month we see existing stories being retold in different ways. True life events are turned into TV Drama series, books, films and theatre. War Horse started life as a book, then moved onto the stage as theatre and is soon to be released as a movie. Your challenge is to take an existing story, and re-tell it in a different format.