By Adam Hetrick
06 May 2012
Morpurgo's novel for young readers, which was originally told from the point of view of the horse, Joey, was adapted into the hit international stage production War Horse by Nick Stafford (The Battle Royal, The Snow Queen).
Morpurgo will read excerpts from "War Horse" as part of the 7:30 PM evening that will alo include songs from the stage production.
An Evening with Michael Morpurgo: From Devon to Broadway, according to LCT, will begin with "tales of his childhood in bombed out London during World War II, to years later when during a chance conversation with a World War I veteran in a Devon pub he learned of the role of horses on the front lines of the Great War. This conversation inspired him to write a novel about World War I England, France and Germany seen through the eyes of its protagonist, a horse named Joey."
A Toronto production of War Horse plays the Princess of Wales Theatre, with a 20-city national tour set to launch at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles June 13-July 22.
War Horse features a series of life-sized equestrian puppets, which have the capability of strikingly lifelike movement. Each evocative creature (created by Handspring Puppet Company) is manipulated by an on-stage crew of three puppeteers who give life to a horse named Joey, as he grows from a skittish foal into a full-grown horse.