April 14, 2011
Based on the book by Michael Morpurgo, the story was adapted for the stage by Nick Stafford.
War Horse centers on the relationship between Albert, a teenager growing up on a farm in Devon, England just before World War I, and his beloved half-thoroughbred horse, Joey. Albert’s family is poor, and his father raises cash by selling Joey to the cavalry as the war begins in 1914. Too young to enlist, Albert craves news of his horse, which was shipped to the battlefield in France. Three years later, Albert runs away to join the army, determined to find Joey and bring him home.
The show is based on a children’s novel by Michael Morpurgo, who was inspired to tell the story of the universal suffering of the Great War from a horse’s point of view after meeting a World War I veteran that served in the Devon Yeomanry.
War Horse premiered at London’s National Theatre in November 2007. After two sold-out runs, the play moved to London’s West End in March 2009, where it is currently running.
National Theatre of Great Britain, Bob Boyett, National Angels Limited, Lincoln Center Theatre
—Broadway.com Audience Award for Favorite Play
—Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play
—Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Broadway Play
—Drama League nomination for Distinguished Production of a Play
A film adaptation of War Horse (unrelated to the play) is in the works from director Steven Spielberg.