By Adam Hetrick
05 Jun 2014
|Photo by Paul Kolnik|
The tour opened in June 2012 at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles and has played over 68 engagements since its launch. The final engagement in Tokyo will mark the Asian premiere of the Tony-winning production.
Final stops on the tour include Nashville, TN (June 3-8); Madison, WI (June 10-15); Winnipeg, Manitoba (June 18-22); and Tokyo, Japan (July 30-Aug. 24).
The National Theatre production of War Horse, which blends naturalistic storytelling and breathtaking puppetry, premiered on Broadway March 15, 2011. Writer Nick Stafford's imaginative stage adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's 1982 coming-of-age novel for children arrived on Broadway after an acclaimed London premiere. War Horse officially opened on Broadway to critical praise April 14, 2011. The Broadway production concluded Jan. 6, 2013.
Lincoln Center Theater aligned with the National Theatre of Great Britain and producer Bob Boyett to import War Horse. The production earned five 2011 Tony Awards, including Best Play, Best Direction, Best Scenic Design, Best Lighting Design and Best Sound Design. A Special Tony Award was also presented to the Handspring Puppet Company.
The production features designs by Rae Smith and original puppet design and construction by Adrian Kohler, lighting by Paule Constable, and movement and horse choreography by Toby Sedgwick. The puppetry directors are Basil Jones and Adrian Kohler; video designers are Leo Warner and Mark Grimmer; and songs are by John Tams. The production has music by Adrian Sutton and sound by Christopher Shutt.
War Horse began performances in October 2007 at the National's Olivier Theatre where it continued in repertory for a sold-out run through March 2009. The production transferred to the West End's New London Theatre March 28, 2009. Stephen Spielberg's film adaptation of the novel debuted in December 2011.