War Horse Announces Final Extension
After 7 successfully years the popular West End production of War Horse will end performances at its current New London Theatre home in March 2016.
Based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo War Horse tells the touching story a horse named Joey during the First World War. As well as adapted into a spectacular stage play it was also turned into an Oscar-nominated film by Steven Spielberg.
Over the years War Horse has received many accolades including five Tony Awards on Broadway. Performed in 10 countries around the world it is without a doubt the most successful play in the history of The National Theatre.
Over 2.7 million people have travelled to London to see the show including the Queen in 2009 who invited Joey along with his handlers for a special visit to Windsor Castle. Producer Chris Harper said, “She came on a private visit. Princess Anne came first, then Prince Charles a week later, and then the Queen. That’s word of mouth for you.”
The Future of War Horse
War Horse is a huge production to run with a cast of 38 and an additional 90 behind the scenes. With much of the decision to close in the West End down to the large costs associated with the running of the show, the company has remained optimistic that it may one day make its way back to a permanent home in London when a new generation of theatregoers are ready to see it.
The show has travelled around the world and is currently touring in Beijing with a UK tour announced for autumn 2017. Once it closes the curtain for the last time in London, the West End production will have been performed 3,000 times.
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