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March 09, 2011

WAR HORSE

By Dispatch Departures | Arts + Culture

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Based on the 1982 children's novel by British author Michael Morpurgo, War Horse is the story of a young boy in search of his beloved horse, who has been sold into the cavalry at the outbreak of World War I. Adapted by Nick Stafford, the play premiered at London's National Theatre in 2007 and spent two sold-out seasons there. The production, which is still showing to full houses in the UK—Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip even ventured out to see it for their first private theater appearance in four years—makes its highly anticipated American debut when previews begin March 15 at New York's Lincoln Center. The cast of 35 includes members of the Handspring Puppet Company, who maneuver the painstakingly—and, at times, heartbreakingly—realistic life-sized horse puppets that show the animals' every sinew and breath. Through June 26 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater, 150 W. 65th St.; 212-239-6200; warhorseonbroadway.com.

Photo Simon Annand

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