“WAR HORSE” BEGINS PERFORMANCES THIS THURSDAY, JUNE 14
AT THE CENTER THEATRE GROUP / AHMANSON THEATRE
West Coast Premiere of the Powerful Drama Opens Friday, June 29
The cast of the National Tour of “War Horse.” The West Coast premiere of the National Theatre of Great Britain production of “War Horse” will start performances at the Center Theatre Group / Ahmanson Theatre on June 14, and continues through July 29, 2012.
The National Theatre production of “War Horse” begins performances Thursday, June 14 at 8 p.m. at the Center Theatre Group / Ahmanson Theatre. Performances for the powerful drama will continue through July 29, 2012. Opening is set for June 29.
The National Theatre’s epic “War Horse” is the winner of five 2011 Tony® Awards including Best Play. Michael Morpurgo’s novel “War Horse” is also the inspiration for Steven Spielberg’s feature film of the same name, which has garnered 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 the some of the most innovative stagecraft of our time.
The company of “War Horse,” comprised of more than 30 performers, includes Andrew Veenstra as Albert Narracott, Brian Keane as Arthur Narracott, Michael Wyatt Cox as Billy Narracott, Todd Cerveris as Ted Narracott, Angela Reed as Rose Narracott, Jason Loughlin as Lieutenant James Nicholls, and Jason Alan Carvell as Private Schnabel.
Also featured in the cast are Michael Stewart Allen, Danny Beiruti, Brooks Brantly, Laurabeth Breya, Brian Robert Burns, Grayson DeJesus, Catherine Gowl, Aaron Haskell, Mike Heslin, Jon Hoche, Mat Hostetler, Chad Jennings, Nathan Koci, Jessica Krueger, Nick LaMedica, Rob Laqui, Megan Loomis, Christopher Mai, Gregory Manley, Andrew May, John Milosich, Alex Morf, Patrick Osteen, Jon Riddleberger, Lavita Shaurice, Derek Stratton and Danny Yoerges.
The tour of “War Horse,” based on the beloved novel by Michael Morpurgo and adapted by Nick Stafford, will be 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 (Elliott and 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 almost two million people worldwide.
(L to R) Andrew Veenstra, Christopher Mai, Derek Stratton and Rob Laqui in the National Tour of “War Horse.” The West Coast premiere of the National Theatre of Great Britain production of “War Horse”
The lead producers of the National Tour of “War Horse” are Bob Boyett and the National Theatre of Great Britain.
Lincoln Center Theater and the National Theatre of Great Britain in association with Bob Boyett and War Horse LP, are the producers of the American premiere of “War Horse,” which opened April 14, 2011, at the Vivian Beaumont Theater where it is currently playing an open-ended run. Future productions of “War Horse” are planned for Australia and South Africa, as well as a UK Tour.
Tickets for “War Horse” are available by calling (213) 972-4400 or online at www.CenterTheatreGroup.org or in person at the CTG box office located at the Ahmanson Theatre at the Music Center.