The National Theatre Of Great Britain is currently staging its award winning production of WAR HORSE at Sydney’s Lyric Theatre, direct from a sell out season in London. In a remarkable achievement it is a six time winner at Broadway’s Tony awards.
It is surprising that the novel ‘War Horse’ by Michael Morpurgo sold very poorly in UK bookstores. However, the success of the stage and cinema productions catapulted the book’s popularity.
WAR HORSE features a 34 strong cast and more than 20 puppets. It is the most successful play in the National Theatre’s history, has won more than 25 international awards and has to date been seen by over 8,000,000 people in 98 cities across 12 countries.
It tells a story of a young boy called Albert and his horse Joey with the horse being ‘conscripted’ to serve in the First World War with all its horror and cruelty
Directed by Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris the show features innovative puppetry work by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, which brings breathing, galloping horses to life on stage.
WAR HORSE is playing Sydney’s Lyric Theatre until the 15th March and then goes across to Perth from the 24th March 2020.
All pics by Ben Apfelbaum