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Tony Award-Winning WAR HORSE to Visit Wharton Center

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Tony Award-Winning WAR HORSE to Visit Wharton Center

CREATED Nov. 30, 2012

EAST LANSING, Mich. ― The National Theatre’s epic WAR HORSE, a five-time Tony® Award winner including Best Play (2011) is embarking on a national tour with a stop at Wharton Center December 5th through 9th, as part of the MSU Federal Credit Union Broadway at Wharton Center Series.

Tickets are on sale now online at, at the Auto Owner’s Insurance Box Office, or by calling 1-800-WHARTON.

WAR HORSE has been seen by over 2 million people worldwide and is currently playing at New
York’s Lincoln Center Theater, in London’s West End, and at Toronto’s Princess of Wales Theatre. Future productions of WAR HORSE are planned for Australia, Berlin and South Africa, as well as a UK Tour.

Michael Morpurgo’s novel, “War Horse”, is also the inspiration for Steven Spielberg’s feature film of
the same name, which earned 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 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 (Marianne Elliott and Tom 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 2 million people worldwide.

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 in Spring 2011 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater where it is currently playing until January 2013.