BRATTLEBORO -- National Theatre Live will broadcast "War Horse" at the Latchis Theatre on Thursday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m.
An international smash hit, based on Michael Morpurgo's novel and adapted for the stage by Nick Stafford, "War Horse" takes audiences on an extraordinary journey from the fields of rural Devon to the trenches of First World War France. Filled with stirring music and songs, this powerfully moving and imaginative drama is a show of phenomenal inventiveness. At its heart are astonishing life-sized puppets by South Africa's Handspring Puppet Company, who bring breathing, galloping, charging horses to thrilling life on stage.
"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 titled "Gefährten" opened in October 2013 at the Theater des Westerns in Berlin, and a North American production continues to tour throughout 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.
Directed by Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris, "War Horsez" 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.
Time Magazine called it "A landmark theatre event! Thrilling" and The New York Times termed it "Theatrical Magic." "War Horse" lasts two hours and 48 minutes with a 15-minute intermission and 10-minute presentation on the background production.