Directors: Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris
Puppet Design and Fabrication: Basil Jones & Adrian Kohler
Designer/Drawings: Rae Smith
Projection & Animation Design 59 Productions
Lighting Designer: Paule Constable
Director of Movement: Toby Sedgwick
Songmaker: John Tams
Music: Adrian Sutton
Sound Designer: Christopher Shutt
Tickets available from Telecharge
Vivian Beaumont Theatre
Lincoln Center, from April 14th 2011
"The play’s staging is spectacular. Yet the enduring appeal lies with something simple: that there is nothing more emotionally nourishing than the simple bond between man and beast."
The Telegraph, *****
"Artful and honest. Nick Stafford's adaptation of the Morpurgo story is an involving, emblematic and (crucially) highly accessible story for an entire family."
"Absolutely masterful and immensely moving. This is tug-at-your-heartstrings storytelling at its most spectacular and transcendent."
AM New York, ****
"Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris’s simple, elegant staging presents a large company in multiple roles and with a refreshing lack of technological gimmickry."
"The early scenes of Albert taming Joey the colt and later teaching Joey the grown horse (they are two different puppets) to plow a furrow are nigh irresistible."
New York Times
"Never again will you see such visually poetic, technically self-assured craftsmanship as is on near-continuous display in this large-cast stage version of Michael Morpurgo's 1982 children's novel."
The Wall Street Journal
"The vast stage of the Vivian Beaumont undergoes a terrible transformation (in the hands of scenic designer Rae Smith and the projection house of 59 Prods.) as the soft green hills of the English countryside give way to the blue-black skies and blood-soaked earth of the battlefields in France…no one who sees the National Theater of Great Britain's haunting stage version of Michael Morpurgo's children's novel about a 16-year-old farmboy who follows his beloved horse into war will ever forget Joey -- a puppet fabricated of wood and mesh and metal and manipulated by three human puppeteers, but so full of life you'd swear he had a soul.
War Horse premiered at the National Theatre in November 2007. After two sold-out runs, it moved to London's West End in March 2009 where it continues to play to capacity houses at the New London Theatre. This American premiere, which includes extraordinary new animation from 59, reunites the production's acclaimed London creative team, with an all American cast.
War Horse is a magnificent drama, filled with stirring music and beautiful songs. But it is more than just a compelling tale. This is a show of indescribable grandeur and sheer inventiveness - perhaps the most magical production ever staged for the Beaumont. There are breathing, galloping, charging horses on the stage - their flanks, hides and sinews built of steel, leather and aircraft cables. They are life-size puppets strong enough for men to ride. And that's just one element of this imaginative epic:
"Now and then the theatre throws up a piece of work so exhilarating that it makes you rejoice to be alive. WAR HORSE is just such an occasion... A sweeping drama of extraordinary power. Its sheer skill and invention are simply awe-inspiring."
The Times of London
"Straight after coming home from seeing WAR HORSE, I went online to book tickets to see it again. It is an extraordinary piece of theater that is at once both epic and intimate, absolutely guaranteed to move the heart. Everything about the production has an engrossing magnificence. A show for all ages and all time."
Produced with The National Theatre of Great Britain in association with Bob Boyett.