"A LANDMARK THEATER EVENT"
WINNER OF FIVE TONY AWARDS
INCLUDING BEST PLAY
PREMIERES IN NASHVILLE JUNE 3-8
NASHVILLE – The National Theatre of Great Britain’s epic WAR HORSE, winner of five 2011 Tony Awards including Best Play, will make its Nashville premiere at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s Andrew Jackson Hall beginning June 3-8.
Tickets will go on sale Friday, March 21 at 10:00 a.m. at tpac.org, by phone at (615) 782-4040, and at the TPAC Box Office, 505 Deaderick Street, in downtown Nashville. For group tickets, please call (615) 782-4060.
Michael Morpurgo’s beloved novel, War Horse, is also the inspiration for Steven Spielberg’s feature film of the same name, which earned six Oscar nominations including Best Picture.
Hailed by The New York Times as “theatrical magic,” 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. In a tale the New York Daily News calls “spellbinding, by turns epic and intimate,” 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 some of the most innovative stagecraft of our time.
“We are so fortunate and honored to present this exceptional piece of theatre with our Broadway season. Staged by a brilliant creative team, this epic and moving story takes your breath away with some of the finest artistry I have seen on the stage,” said Kathleen O’Brien, TPAC president and chief executive officer. “The imaginative interplay with the audience brings the horses to life right before their eyes in ways that communicate action and powerful emotion. It is both magical and meaningful as a loving tribute to the role animals play in war and a powerful message for peace.”
The tour of WAR HORSE, which was adapted from the book by Morpurgo by Nick Stafford, is directed by Bijan Sheibani based on the original Tony Award-winning direction by Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris, and presented in association with Handspring Puppet Company. At the heart of the show are life-sized puppets which bring breathing, galloping, charging horses to thrilling life on stage.
In addition to Best Play, WAR HORSE received 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 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. The American premiere was in Spring 2011 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater in New York’s Lincoln Center.
WAR HORSE has been seen by over four million people worldwide and is currently playing in London’s West End, in Australia and on the North American Tour. This past autumn, a German version of the play entitled Gefahrten opened in Berlin and WAR HORSE began a major tour of the UK and Ireland.
The lead producers of the National Tour of WAR HORSE are Bob Boyett and the National Theatre of Great Britain.
For more information, visit: http://warhorseonstage.com/
WAR HORSE is the sixth production featured in the HCA/TriStar Health Broadway at TPAC series. Performance schedule, prices and cast are subject to change without notice. TPAC reminds ticket buyers that the only official place to buy tickets online is tpac.org. Institutional sponsors for TPAC include Nissan North America, American Airlines, and Coca-Cola. TPAC is funded in part by support from the Tennessee Arts Commission and the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission.
TPAC is an accessible facility that provides a variety of services including wheelchair accommodations, accessible parking, and assistive listening devices. Open captioning, American Sign Language, audio description, and large print and Braille programs are offered at the Sunday matinee performance of each Broadway Series and Broadway Special show. For more information about accessible services, contact Lori Ward at (615) 782-4077.
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Over three decades, the Tennessee Performing Arts Center has welcomed more than 11 million audience members and served more than 1.5 million students and educators with performances at TPAC, resources for teachers, classroom residencies, and enrichment programs for adults. Founded in 1980, TPAC serves several hundred thousand audience members each year with the annual series of HCA/TriStar Health Broadway at TPAC, a variety of special engagements, and the productions of the three resident artistic companies—Nashville Ballet, Nashville Opera, and Tennessee Repertory Theatre. For more information, visit www.tpac.org.