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War Horse leaps onto Queen Elizabeth Theatre stage

Hailed by the NY Times as "“the theatrical event of the decade”.Photos © Brinkhoff/Mögenburg

The National Theatre of Great Britain’s epic War Horse, based on the beloved novel by Michael Morpurgo, is the next big buzz in theatre and it’s premiering in Vancouver September 24-29, 2013 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Tickets will go on sale Monday, July 22.

Winner of five 2011 Tony Awards, including Best Play, it is a powerfully moving and imaginative drama, filled with stirring music and magnificent artistry. South Africa's Handspring Puppet Company brings breathing, galloping, full-scale horses to life on the stage — their flanks, hides and sinews built of steel, leather and aircraft cables. The New York Times has called it “the theatrical event of the decade”.

War Horse, is also the inspiration for Steven Spielberg’s feature film of the same name, which earned six Oscar nominations including Best Picture.

War Horse is the powerful story of young Albert’s beloved horse, Joey, who has been enlisted to fight for the English in World War I. Joey is caught in enemy crossfire and ends up serving both sides of the war before landing in no man’s land. Albert, not old enough to enlist, embarks on a treacherous mission to find his horse and bring him home. What follows is a remarkable tale of courage, loyalty and friendship, filled with stirring music and songs and told with the some of the most innovative stagecraft of our time.

In addition to Best Play, War Horsereceived Tony Awards for Best Direction of a Play (Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris), Best Scenic Design of a Play (Rae Smith), Best Lighting Design of a Play (Paule Constable), and Best Sound Design of a Play (Christopher Shutt). A Special Tony Award was given to Handspring Puppet Company for their integral work on the production.

War Horse received its World Premiere in a limited engagement at the National’s Olivier Theatre in 2007. The play returned to the National Theatre for a second run playing from in 2008-2009 before transferring to the West End’s New London Theatre in Spring 2009 where it continues to play an open-ended run. War Horse has been seen by over four million people worldwide and is currently playing inLondon’s West End, inAustralia and on the North American Tour.

War Horse, in Vancouver, presented by Broadway Across Canada, is part of a four city tour in Canada including dates in Calgary September 10 - 15, 2013; Edmonton September 17-22, 2013 and Ottawa January 21 – 26, 2014. Tickets will go on sale Monday, July 22 and are available by calling 1-855-985-5000, online  Groups of 10 or more call 1.800.889.8457.

For more information about the show, please visit

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