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Vivian Beaumont Theater

150 West 65th Street

2 hours and 40 minutes including one 15-minute intermission

April 14, 2011 (Open-Ended)

Broadway Play (Drama)

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Thu & Sat 2pm

Tue 7pm
Mon through Sat 7:30pm

The haunting and powerful original War Horse Broadway play have been getting many positive reviews. With the notable response and strong ticket sales at the box office, the fascinating new production has been extended for an open-ended run. The production was originally scheduled to close on June 26, War Horse, and its team may stay on The Great White Way for quite awhile. Based on the children's story of MIchael Morpurgo's novel, boasting a wonderful cast and including the artistic and creative use of puppets by the Handspring Puppet Company for the animals on stage this simple story packs a surprising punch that goes straight for the heart.

The War Horse Broadway play does not try to create controversy over the 8 million horses killed and butchered in World War 1. The play also is not an anti-war piece, although some may portray it as such. Rather the story is of a young boy who sees the faults within his father and his struggle to unlearn what he has been taught.

The story begins in the beautiful grassy landscape of Devon before the outbreak of WW1. Albert is a young sensitive boy who bonds with the family farm horse "Joey." Joey was purchased by his father Ted at an auction and turned into a dray horse to be sold to the British calvary and shipped off to France. Albert becomes heartbroken at the loss of his beloved horse and the life of war Joey will face. Joey meets another horse on the battlefields called Topthorn. The two "War Horses" find themselves facing the horrors of war with automatic weapons, tanks, bloodshed, death and disease. The once peaceful and serene set of the Vivian Beaumont Theatre is turned upside down with the treachery of war. Albert cannot forget his friendship with Joey, wanting to enlist with the army to find him but is not yet old enough. Albert decides to set off on a dangerous journey to find and bring home his horse.

While Steven Spielberg's film adaptation of "War Horse" uses real animals to portray the 8 million horses which suffered through World War 1 the stage show relies on puppets. Each puppet is handled by three puppeteers under the direction of the renowned Handspring Puppet Company which brings the story alive with amazing precision. The viewer truly becomes emotionally attached to the horses as the story unfolds. While the plot of the War Horse Broadway play is made simple for children it still is full of depth and emotion. Through the utilizing of the puppets, sets, designs, sounds, music and movement, this epic children's novel comes to life in a breathtaking original Broadway masterpiece.

War Horse Premiered at the Royal National-Olivier Theatre in South Bank, London on October 17, 2007. After closing the production enjoyed a second run at "The Royal" before transferring to the West End's New London Theatre with an official opening date of April 3, 2009. The West End production received critical acclaim for its artistic use of puppets. The production went onto winning several awards prompting Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Phili to take in their first private theater viewing in over four years. The War Horse Broadway production began previews at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre on March 15, 2011 and has recently been extended for an open-ended run. You can view our great selection of War Horse Broadway tickets online by clicking the link.

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