War Horse Movie Premieres in London
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Attend Royal Premiere of the Film Adaptation
“War Horse” has had quite a journey since Michael Morpurgo penned the original novel in 1982. Since then it has been adapted to the stage in the popular West End production that originated at The National Theatre in 2007 and has also found success on the other side of the Atlantic as a Broadway show. Now the movie version, from director Steven Spielberg, has had its Royal UK premiere in London and not only was Spielberg in attendance, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge also walked down the red carpet.
The premiere took place in Leicester Square in London, not far from a host of West End theatres that are found in the area (the New London theatre, where “War Horse” continues its run, is also relatively nearby on Drury Lane). In addition to the Royals and Spielberg, Joey the Horse also made an appearance alongside the cast members an members and ex-members of the military.
“War Horse” takes its cues from both the book and the play and features an array of well known British actors of the stage and screen, including Benedict Cumberbatch, who wowed audiences in last year’s “Frankenstein” from Danny Boyle at the Olivier National Theatre. The production also features “Thor” star Tom Hiddleston, Emily Watson, David Thewlis, Jeremy Irvine and Peter Mullen, among others.
“War Horse” is set during the First World War and focuses on the relationship between Albert and his horse Joey. When the war breaks out in Europe horses are sought to join the cavalry and Joey is one of those sold-off, breaking Albert’s heart as he is sent out to the continent. But he is not one to let this slide and he soon sets off on a perilous journey to bring him home, despite being too young to enlist and fight. Meanwhile, Joey has an adventure of his own as he fights for both sides of the conflict and becomes stranded in no-man’s land.
The West End version has been the recipient of Laurence Olivier Awards, whilst the Broadway version has received Tony Awards. They have both received critical acclaim.
The movie version goes on general release on Friday 13th January 2012. Meanwhile, the stage version is currently booking at the New London Theatre until Saturday 16th February 2013.