Making War Horse

(Rochester, NY) – Michael Morpurgo's novel about a horse who served in WWI and his struggle to return home became the inspiration for the first production by the British National Theatre, in association with the Handspring Puppet Company, starring a puppet. Making War Horse, airing Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 8 p.m. on WXXI-TV, takes a behind the scenes look at the making of this Tony Award-winning production.

War Horse premiered in London in 2007 and officially opened on Broadway April 14 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater. Lincoln Center Theater aligned with the National Theatre of Great Britain and producer Boy Boyett to import the acclaimed drama. The Broadway production earned five 2011 Tony Awards, including Best Play and Best Direction.

The National Tour brings War Horse to the Auditorium Threatre November 5-10, 2013. During the broadcast viewers will learn more about WXXI's exclusive ticket offer. 

Tony Award-winning directors Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris staged the work that uses life-size equestrian puppets to tell its tale of a young English boy and his horse at the dawn of WWI.

Here's how the creators bill the work: "England,1914. As World War I begins, 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 journey, serving on both sides before finding himself alone in No Man’s Land. But Albert cannot forget Joey and, though not old enough to enlist, he embarks on a treacherous mission to find his horse and bring him home."

Pictured: Albert and Joey go for a run.
Credit: Brinkhoff/Mögenburg 2011 London Cast




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