National Theatre's Original Stage Production of WAR HORSE Heads to U.S. Theaters Today
Fathom Events, National Theatre Live (NT Live) and BY Experience have come together again to broadcast the National Theatre's original stage production of "War Horse," pre-recorded live from London's West End, for only one night in cinemas across the country tonight, Feb. 27 at 7:00 p.m. local time. Based on Michael Morpurgo's novel and adapted for the stage by Nick Stafford, "War Horse" takes audiences on a journey from the fields of rural Devon to the trenches of France during World War I. Filled with stirring music and songs, this powerfully moving and imaginative drama is a show of phenomenal inventiveness. At its heart are astonishing life-size puppets by South Africa's Handspring Puppet Company, who bring breathing, galloping, charging horses to life on stage.
"National Theatre Live: National Theatre's War Horse" will be presented in more than 350 select movie theaters around the country through Fathom's Digital Broadcast Network. Tickets are available at participating theater box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com. For a complete list of theater locations and prices, visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).
"War Horse" is the powerful story of a young boy named Albert and his beloved horse, Joey, who has been requisitioned to fight for the English in World War I. Caught in enemy crossfire, Joey ends up serving on both sides during the war before landing in no man's land, while Albert, not old enough to enlist, embarks on a treacherous mission to find his horse and bring him home. The magnificent artistry of the Handspring Puppet Company brings the story to life with full-scale horses on stage, with their flanks, hides and sinews built of steel, leather and aircraft cables. "War Horse" is a remarkable tale of courage, loyalty and friendship.
Since its first performance at the National Theatre in 2007, "War Horse" has become an international phenomenon, seen by over 4 million people worldwide and receiving numerous awards, including two Olivier Awards in London, five Tony Awards in New York and three Dora Awards in Toronto. "War Horse" is currently in its sixth year in London and is on a major tour of North America which continues through 2014. The show is also on a UK/Ireland tour and a German language production is playing in Berlin.
"Fathom Events is proud to team up with BY Experience to bring another spectacular National Theatre Live production to movie theaters," said Shelly Maxwell, executive vice president of Fathom Events. "Live theater-lovers will have a front row seat to the extraordinary story, music and puppetry of 'War Horse' on the big screen."
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