Michael Morpurgo News

Fourth Annual WICKED Young Writers' Award Shortlist Announced
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2014

WICKED, the global musical phenomenon that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, has announced that 100 entries, selected from more than 5,200 submissions, have been shortlisted for the 2014 Wicked Young Writers' Award. (more...)

Michael Morpurgo Comes the Colchester Mercury Stage with FRIEND OR FOE, Aug 29-Sept 13
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2014

Following on from last year's smash hit The Butterfly Lion, the Mercury Theatre Colchester will be producing another Michael Morpurgo classic this August with their Made in Colchester production of Friend or Foe. Opening at the Mercury on Friday, August 29 and running until Saturday, September 13, Friend or Foe is a thrilling tale of extraordinary friendship which will appeal to adults and children alike. (more...)

Lightbox to Present THE HORSE AT WAR: 1914-1918, 25 Nov - 1 March 2015
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2014

The Lightbox gallery and museum in Woking, Surrey, will commemorate the centenary of World War One with the exhibition 'The Horse at War: 1914 - 1918' (25 November 2014 - 1 March 2015). Exploring the role of the horse in World War One, the exhibition will compare the glorified image of Officers and their chargers at War with the piteous desolation of these animals as beasts of burden when faced with gunfire and trench warfare. (more...)

BIRDSONG Audiences at Wyvernr Theatre Donate Over £2,700 to Help for Heroes
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2014

Audiences throughout the 7-performance run of Birdsong at the Wyvern Theatre last week donated in excess of 2,700 to Help for Heroes. The charity offers comprehensive support to those who have suffered life-changing injuries and illnesses whilst serving our country. (more...)

Samantha Bond, Tom Hiddleston Among Nuffield's Associate Actors; 2014-15 Season to Feature Coen Brothers' THE HUDSUCKER PROXY
by BWW News Desk - Jul 03, 2014

Nuffield Creative and Executive Director, Sam Hodges, announces the company's 50th anniversary season marked by the appointment of a team of new Associate Actors, to join the current team of Associates. (more...)

Story Pocket Theatre's ARABIAN NIGHTS to Play Edinburgh Fringe, July 30-Aug 24
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2014

Ready to captivate family theatre audiences during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Story Pocket Theatre is delighted to present its debut show, Arabian Nights at Gilded Balloon (Dining Room) from Friday 1st - Sunday 24th August (preview Wednesday 30 & Thursday 31st July) at 11.15 (12.15 ends). (more...)

National 2014 FAMILY ARTS FESTIVAL to Feature WWI Concert, Dads Dancing, Big Draw and More, Oct 17-Nov 2
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2014

Following on from the huge success of the 2013 national Family Arts Festival in which over 500,000 people took part across the UK, the 2014 Family Arts Festival will run its second year from 17 October to 2 November with Michael Morpurgo announced as patron and Center Parcs as a major new partner. (more...)

Michael Morpurgo's I BELIEVE IN UNICORNS to Transfer to Vaudeville Theatre, 8-31 August
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2014

Wizard Presents is bringing their production of I BELIEVE IN UNICORNS - based on the eponymous book by award-winning children's author Michael Morpurgo - to the Vaudeville Theatre in London's West End from August 08 - 31 2014, following a hugely successful run in last years Edinburgh Festival Fringe and a Arts Council-supported National Tour. (more...)

WAR HORSE to Offer Relaxed Performance, 20 September
by BWW News Desk - Jun 12, 2014

On Saturday 20 September 2014 at 2pm the National Theatre's internationally acclaimed award-winning stage production of Michael Morpurgo's War Horse will hold a relaxed performance at the New London Theatre in association with The National Autistic Society (NAS), the UK's leading charity for people with autism and their families. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Horsing Around with WARHORSE
by Finny (Amanda Finn) - Jun 12, 2014

A great poet named Robert Frost once said, 'poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.' WarHorse, in much the same way, is a play that found its words in moments full of 'naysaying' and silence. (more...)

Exeter Northcott Theatre Announces BSC's GEORGE'S MARVELLOUS MEDICINE As Its 2014 Christmas Show
by BWW News Desk - Jun 10, 2014

The Exeter Northcott Theatre has announced George's Marvellous Medicine as its Christmas show for 2014. (more...)

Summer Stages: Top Theatre Picks for Nashville
by Cara Richardson - Jun 06, 2014

Summer is already in full swing in the South. Back yard cookouts and swimming pools, summer camps and vacations are happening everywhere you look. I often find theatre slightly more difficult to find during the summer, so I've done a little research to help you find a good show when you need one. Cause after all, sometimes a nice air conditioned theatre is just the place to be on a humid summer day in Tennessee. (more...)

WAR HORSE Concludes North American Tour this Summer
by BWW News Desk - Jun 05, 2014

The North American touring production of WAR HORSE will conclude this summer as the highest grossing and most attended touring non-musical play in US history, recouping its investment in the process. The tour, which opened in June 2012 at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, has been seen by over 1.1 million audience members to date and, by its conclusion, will have played 68 engagements and 749 performances. The tour's final stop will be a four-week run at Tokyo's Theatre Orb, marking the play's Asian debut. (more...)

BWW Reviews: WAR HORSE is Spectacular
by David Clarke - May 28, 2014

On the heels of Memorial Day, Broadway Across America - Houston is presenting the First US National Tour of the acclaimed play WAR HORSE. The visually spectacular production first premiered on London's Off-West End in the Olivier Theatre at the National Theatre. It transferred to the West End's New London Theatre, where it is still running. It enjoyed Broadway success at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre at New York City's Lincoln Center. It has since been produced in Canada, Australia, and Germany. After seeing this tour, it is no surprise that everywhere the play goes, it leaves tear-soaked audiences speechless and amazed. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Houston - Week of 5/25/2014
by BWW - May 25, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 5/25/2014 for Houston (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Nashville - Week of 5/25/2014
by BWW - May 25, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 5/25/2014 for Nashville (more...)

PRIVATE PEACEFUL to Play Theatre Royal Glasgow, 25-28 June
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2014

To mark the centenary of World War 1, the celebrated stage production of Michael Morpurgo's hugely popular children's story, PRIVATE PEACEFUL, takes to the stage, presented by Scamp Theatre, at the Theatre Royal Glasgow from Wednesday 25 until Saturday 28 June 2014. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Houston - Week of 5/18/2014
by BWW - May 18, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 5/18/2014 for Houston (more...)

BWW Reviews: PRIVATE PEACEFUL, Birmingham Rep, May 14 2014
by Jenny Antill - May 15, 2014

Award-winning children's author Michael Morpurgo has been pushed into the forefront since 2007 since his stage adaptation of War Horse was produced by the National Theatre to worldwide success. It is easy to forget that Morpurgo has written over 100 books for children since 1976; one of which is Private Peaceful, winner of the Blue Peter Book of the Year, showing at the Birmingham Rep Theatre this week. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Nick LaMedica Talks the First National Tour of WAR HORSE
by Kristina Nungaray - May 13, 2014

In just a couple of weeks, Broadway Across America will be bringing in the First National Tour of the five-time Tony award winning production of WAR HORSE, a play adapted by Nick Stafford in association with Handspring Puppet Company that is based on the Michael Murporgo book of the same title. Set against the backdrop of World War One, this production tells the imaginative and emotional tale of a farm boy named Albert and his love for his horse, Joey. With breathtaking life-size puppets, stirring music, and storytelling at its finest, the First National Tour of WAR HORSE is sure to be an unforgettable theatergoing experience for Houston audiences. I was lucky enough to catch up with Nick LaMedica, a puppeteer for this production, who took some time out of his busy schedule to give Houston audiences an inside look at all of the rigorous training it takes to bring the horse to life onstage and to let us know why we don't want to miss WAR HORSE. (more...)

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