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War Horse comes to Wharton Center

Photos © Brinkhoff/Mögenburg

Photos © Brinkhoff/Mögenburg

EAST LANSING ― The National Theatre’s epic War Horse, a five-time Tony Award winner including Best Play (2011) is embarking on a national tour with a stop at Wharton Center Dec. 5-9, as part of the MSU Federal Credit Union Broadway at Wharton Center Series. Tickets are on sale online at whartoncenter.com, at the Auto Owner’s Insurance Box Office, or by calling 1-800-WHARTON.

War Horse has been seen by more than 2 million people worldwide and is currently playing at New York’s Lincoln Center Theater, in London’s West End, and at Toronto’s Princess of Wales Theatre.

Michael 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.

Hailed by The New York Times as “theatrical magic,” War Horse is the story of young Albert’s beloved horse, Joey, who has 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 the some of the most innovative stagecraft of our time.

The tour of War Horse, based on the novel by Morpurgo and adapted by Nick Stafford, 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. At the heart of the show are life-sized puppets which bring breathing, galloping, charging horses to thrilling life on stage.

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 playing from in 2008-2009 before transferring to the West End’s New London Theatre in Spring 2009 where it continues to play an open-ended run.

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