Win tickets to critically-acclaimed War Horse production

PUBLISHED: 14:00 30 September 2017

The horse puppets. (Picture: Brinkhoff/Moegenburg)

The horse puppets. (Picture: Brinkhoff/Moegenburg)

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A record-breaking show about a horse’s experiences in wartime will gallop onto a Bristol stage this autumn.

War Horse. (Picture: Brinkhoff/Moegenburg) War Horse. (Picture: Brinkhoff/Moegenburg)

War Horse, based on the children’s book by Michael Morpurgo, opened at the National Theatre in London in 2007 and enjoyed a record-breaking run in the city.

Since then it has been seen in 97 cities in 10 countries, and is going back on tour to coincide with the centenary of the end of World War One.

War Horse, which was turned into an Academy Award-nominated film by Steven Spielberg, tells the story of a boy called Albert and his horse Joey.

It is set against the backdrop of World War One, and is the most successful play in the National Theatre’s history.

War Horse. (Picture: Brinkhoff/Moegenburg) War Horse. (Picture: Brinkhoff/Moegenburg)

Author Morpurgo said: “After a few months rest, out at pasture, Joey, the War Horse and his great team from the National Theatre, will be touring the UK again, from 2017 through to 2019 and the centenary of the end of World War One, taking their show all over the country, to towns and cities, many of them places War Horse has not been seen before.

“I am so pleased this is happening; that so many more people will have the chance to enjoy this unique theatrical event.”

The show features ground-breaking puppetry work by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, which brings breathing, galloping horses to the stage.

The story War Horse was published in 1982 and remains one of Morpurgo’s most well-known and successful works.

War Horse. (Picture: Brinkhoff/Moegenburg) War Horse. (Picture: Brinkhoff/Moegenburg)

It was a runner-up for the Whitbread Book Award in 1982, and a sequel, called Farm Boy, was released in 1997.

Morpurgo was not convinced at first about how his story could be brought to life on stage through horse puppets, and said he had ‘remained doubtful but hopeful’.

Despite his initial concerns, the play was a critical success from the start, and recognition came in the form of Laurence Olivier Awards and Tony Awards.

War Horse will be shown at the Bristol Hippodrome on October 18 to November 11 at 7.30pm on Mondays to Saturdays.

Captain Nicholls in War Horse at the New London Theatre. Picture: Brinkhoff/Moegenburg Captain Nicholls in War Horse at the New London Theatre. Picture: Brinkhoff/Moegenburg

There will be 2.30pm matinees on Wednesdays and Saturdays, excluding October 18.

Tickets, priced £22.40-65.40, are available from www.atgtickets.com/venues/bristol-hippodrome or 08448 713012.

The Mercury has teamed up with the Bristol Hippodrome to offer two pairs of tickets to the show.

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