"The Making of War Horse" Will Air on WNET Aug. 10

News   "The Making of War Horse" Will Air on WNET Aug. 10
New York-area PBS station WNET will air "The Making of War Horse," a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the National Theatre of Great Britain's epic staging of Michael Morpurgo children's novel, on Aug. 10.

The 8 PM documentary traces the development of the 2007 National Theatre production, including rehearsal and backstage footage of the original cast and staging, as well as interviews with the cast and creative team and excerpts from the show.

While the current Broadway production and its cast are not featured in the documentary, several actors will be interviewed by WNET 13 during the airing.

The DVD is also on sale at Lincoln Center Theater's Vivian Beaumont Theater, where the Tony Award-winning production currently plays. The DVD includes an additional 70-minutes of footage, including short films, video diaries, backstage footage features and an image gallery.

War Horse premiered in London in 2007 and officially opened on Broadway April 14 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater. Lincoln Center Theater aligned with the National Theatre of Great Britain and producer Boy Boyett to import the acclaimed drama. It continues to play a celebrated West End run. The Broadway production earned five 2011 Tony Awards, including Best Play and Best Direction.

Tony Award-winning directors Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris staged the work that uses life-size equestrian puppets to tell its tale of a young English boy and his horse at the dawn of WWI. Here's how the creators bill the work: "England,1914. As World War I begins, Joey, young Albert’s beloved horse, is sold to the cavalry and shipped to France. He’s soon caught up in enemy fire, and fate takes him on an extraordinary journey, serving on both sides before finding himself alone in No Man’s Land. But Albert cannot forget Joey and, though not old enough to enlist, he embarks on a treacherous mission to find his horse and bring him home."

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