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Stage version of War Horse coming to Winnipeg

Posted: 09/11/2013 1:00 AM | Comments: 0

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Atouring production of the stage spectacle War Horse will gallop into the Centennial Concert Hall next June for a five-day, seven-show run.

It opens Wednesday, June 18, 2014 and runs daily until June 22, with matinees scheduled for June 21 and 22.

An official announcement is slated for Oct. 4 at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, where there will be a live demonstration of the astonishing life-size puppets, created by South Africa's Handspring Puppet Company, who bring breathing, galloping, charging horses to life onstage.

Ticket information is available through Winnipeg.Broadway.com or by phone at 855-985-5000.

The Broadway Across Canada tour opened Tuesday in Calgary and then goes to Edmonton, but was likely unable to continue onto to Winnipeg owing to the unavailability of the concert hall, which is heavily booked this time of year with local arts presentations.

War Horse, based on the book by Michael Morpurgo, tells the story a boy's beloved horse who is sold to the cavalry at the outbreak of the First World War and shipped to France. Fate takes him on an extraordinary odyssey, serving on both sides before finding himself alone in no man's land. But the boy, now a young man, embarks on a treacherous mission to find him and bring him home.

The Broadway production, which won five Tony Awards, closed last Jan. 6 after 718 performances and 33 previews. The original London production is selling tickets until October 2014, taking the show into its sixth year in the West End.

A movie version was made by director Steven Spielberg in 2011.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition September 11, 2013 C2

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