STAGE TUBE: Inside WAR HORSE's Handspring Puppet Company
War Horse is based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo, adapted by Nick Stafford, with Handspring Puppet Company, and directed by Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris, with scenic design by Rae Smith, puppet design, fabrication and direction by Adrian Kohler with Basil Jones for Handspring Puppet Company, lighting by Paule Constable, direction of movement and horse movement by Toby Sedgwick, animation & projection design by 59 Productions, music by Adrian Sutton, songs by John Tams, sound design by Christopher Shutt, and musical direction by Greg Pliska. In the video below, go inside the making on the War Horse Puppets at the Handspring Puppet Company.
War Horse swept the 2011 theater awards winning five Tony Awards including Best Play, the Drama Desk Award for Best Play, three Outer Critics Circle Awards including Best Play and the Drama League Award for Outstanding Production of a Play. In addition, the production won a slew of special awards including a special Tony Award to the Handspring Puppet Company, a citation from the New York Drama Critics Circle, a special Drama Desk Award to the Creative Team for Thrilling Stagecraft and a special Outer Critics Circle Award to the Handspring Puppet Company.
War Horse premiered at The National Theatre in November 2007. After two sold-out runs at the National War Horse moved to London's West End in March 2009 where it continues to play to capacity houses at the New London Theatre. The National Tour will open in Los Angeles on June 13, 2012, before traveling to 19 other cities during the 2012-2013 season. In addition, another production of War Horse will begin open-ended run in Toronto, Canada in February 2012.
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