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Platform events with War Horse which extends run

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THE National Theatre’s internationally acclaimed stage production of War Horse has once again extended its booking period at the New London Theatre, this time until October 27, 2014.

Nick Stafford’s adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s book received its world premiere at the National Theatre in October 2007 and has since been seen by over four million people worldwide. The production is currently celebrating its sixth year on the London stage.

War Horse begins a tour of the UK and Ireland in September 2013 at Plymouth Theatre Royal and a German language production entitled Gefährten opens in October 2013 at the historic Theater des Westens in Berlin.

A North American production continues to tour throughout 2013 and 2014. The Broadway production, which completed its run at the Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theater earlier this year, was the winner of six Tony Awards including a Special Tony Award for Handspring Puppet Company. A tour with an all-Australian cast recently completed its run in Brisbane.


This autumn, War Horse hosts a series of platforms and special events at the New London Theatre, as part of its ongoing behind-the-scenes programme.

Inside the Horse with Assistant Puppetry Director Jimmy Grimes – October 26 at 11am.

Find out how War Horse was developed – from original concept, through workshops, to first performances, and then to productions around the world. Assistant Puppetry Director Jimmy Grimes shows how the horses work, and gives us a look inside professional puppeteering.

Running time: 50 minutes.

Tickets: £4, £3 concessions (bookable in advance).

In Conversation with Marianne Elliott – November 6 at 5pm.

Award-winning co-director of War Horse, Marianne Elliott talks about the production’s extraordinary journey, from early National Theatre workshops, to the first onstage performances and the subsequent international success.

Running time: 45 minutes.

Tickets: £4, £3 concessions (bookable in advance).

ANTHEMS FOR PEACE, an evening of art and song with Michael Morpurgo, Rae Smith and Virginia McKenna – November 10 at 5pm.

Act 1 with Michael Morpurgo and Rae Smith.

Find out how the designs for the award-winning productions of War Horse were developed – from the initial concept, through workshops, to first performances and on to global productions, culminating in designer Rae Smith’s upcoming illustrated version of Michael Morpurgo’s original War Horse novel, set for publication in Autumn 2013.

Act 2 – The Best Christmas Present in the World, directed by Simon Reade.

A reading by Michael Morpurgo and Virginia McKenna of his Christmas book The Best Christmas present in the World. They will be accompanied by the trio ‘Voices at the Door’ singing Christmas carols from Britain, France and Flanders.

Running time: 2 hours (including 20 minute interval).

Tickets: £25 (plus concessions). Bookable in advance.

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