Tony Award-Winning "War Horse"
Kicks Off Broadway In Boston Fall Season
On October 10

The national tour of the Bob Boyett - National Theatre of Great Britain epic, "War Horse," winner of five 2011 Tony Awards including Best Play, will play a limited 2 week engagement at Boston's Opera House from October 10 – 21. "War Horse" kicks off the 2012-2013 Lexus Broadway In Boston Series.

Based on the beloved novel by Michael Morpurgo and adapted by Nick Stafford, "War Horse" will be directed by Bijan Sheibani (based on the original Tony Award-winning direction by Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris) and presented in association with Handspring Puppet Company.

Hailed by The New York Times as “theatrical magic,” "War Horse" is the powerful story of young Albert’s beloved horse, Joey, who's been enlisted to fight for the English in World War I.

In a tale the New York Daily News calls “spellbinding, by turns epic and intimate,” Joey is caught in enemy crossfire and ends up serving both sides of the war before landing in no man’s land. Albert, not old enough to enlist, embarks on a treacherous mission to find his horse and bring him home.

What follows is a remarkable tale of courage, loyalty and friendship, filled with stirring music and songs and told with innovative stagecraft.

At the heart of the show are life-sized puppets which bring breathing, galloping, charging horses to life on stage. Mr. Morpurgo’s novel, War Horse, is also the inspiration for Steven Spielberg’s feature film of the same name, which earned six Oscar nominations including Best Picture.

In addition to Best Play, "War Horse" received Tony Awards for Best Direction of a Play (Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris), Best Scenic Design of a Play (Rae Smith), Best Lighting Design of a Play (Paule Constable), and Best Sound Design of a Play (Christopher Shutt). A Special Tony Award was given to Handspring Puppet Company for their integral work on the production.

"War Horse" received its World Premiere in a limited engagement at the National’s Olivier Theatre in 2007. The play returned to the National Theatre for a second run from 2008-2009 before transferring to the West End’s New London Theatre in 2009 where it continues to play an open-ended run. "War Horse" has been seen by almost 2 million people worldwide.

Lincoln Center Theater and the National Theatre of Great Britain in association with Bob Boyett and War Horse LP, are the producers of the American premiere of "War Horse," which opened in April of 2011 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater where it is currently playing an open-ended run. Future productions of "War Horse" are planned for Australia and South Africa, in addition to a UK Tour.

For tickets and information, stop by the box office at 539 Washington Street, call Ticketmaster at 1-800-982-2787 or visit

-- OnStage Boston



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