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, where it continues its run.
The 7 PM Fathom Events presentation represents the original London staging. The three-hour screening includes an intermission. New Yorkers can catch the event at the Ziegfeld Theatre. Encore New York City screenings will continue in March and April at Symphony Space.
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 officially opened on Broadway to critical praise April 14, 2011, and ended its run Jan. 6, 2013, after 718 performances and 33 previews at the Vivian Beaumont Theater.
War Horse is directed by Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris. The production incorporates 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.