THE National Theatre’s acclaimed production of War Horse, begins a major tour of the UK in September 2017 and will spend Christmas at the New Theatre Oxford. Tickets go on sale to the public at 10am on February 8.
The tour of War Horse coincides with the Centenary commemorations of the end of the First World War and follows the production’s enormously successful tour of the UK and Ireland in 2013.
War Horse, which has been seen by more than seven million people worldwide, completes its record-breaking eight year London run in March. It has won 25 awards including the Tony Award for Best Play on Broadway.
Directed by Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris, Nick Stafford’s adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s remarkable story of courage, loyalty and friendship, is about a young boy called Albert and his horse Joey and is set against the backdrop of the First World War.
It is the most successful play in the National Theatre’s history. It features ground-breaking puppetry work by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, which brings breathing, galloping horses to live on stage.
War Horse received its world premiere in 2007 at the NT, where it played for two seasons before transferring to the New London Theatre.
Since then, War Horse has been seen in 97 cities in 10 countries, including productions on Broadway, in Toronto and Berlin, with touring productions in the UK and Ireland, North America, the Netherlands and Belgium.
A Chinese-language production opened in Beijing last year, and is currently running in Shanghai.
Michael Morpurgo said: “After a few months rest, out at pasture, Joey, the War Horse and his great team from the National Theatre, will be touring the UK again, from 2017 through to 2018 and the centenary of the end of the First World War, taking their show all over the country, to towns and cities, many of them places War Horse has not been seen before.
“I am so pleased this is happening; that so many more people will have the chance to enjoy this unique theatrical event. Steady boy, steady Joey. Trot on!”
2017/8 tour dates
September 15-October 14, The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury October 18-November 11, Bristol Hippodrome November 15-December 2, Empire Theatre, Liverpool December 13-January 6, New Theatre, Oxford January 25-February 10, Brighton Centre February 14-March 10, Alhambra Theatre, Bradford March 14-April 7, Nottingham Royal Concert Hall .