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'War Horse' opens tonight, March 25, 2014 at the Orpheum Theatre in Memphis

"War Horse" poster
"War Horse" poster
"War Horse" and the Orpheum Theatre

Tonight, March 25, 2014 is the opening night of the epic stage performance of "WAR HORSE" at the Orpheum Theatre in Memphis, Tennessee.

According to press information, issued by the Orpheum Theatre and War Horse, "The National Theatre of Great Britain’s epic War Horse, winner of five 2011 Tony® Awards including Best Play, will make its premiere in Memphis, Tenn. at the Orpheum Theatre beginning March 25, 2014. Tickets are on sale now and available for purchase online at the official Orpheum Theatre website, www.orpheum-memphis.com, The Orpheum Box Office (901.525.3000), the ticket counter at The Booksellers at Laurelwood, and all Ticketmaster centers (901.743.ARTS)."

"Michael Morpurgo’s beloved 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, which was adapted from the book by Morpurgo by Nick Stafford, is 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. The American premiere was in spring 2011 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater in New York’s Lincoln Center where it ran until January 2013.

WAR HORSE has been seen by over four million people worldwide and is currently playing in London’s West End, in Australia and on the North American Tour. This autumn, a German version of the play entitled Gefahrten opened in Berlin and WarHorse began a major tour of the UK and Ireland. For more information, please visit www.WarHorseOnStage.com.

The lead producers of the National Tour of WAR HORSE are Bob Boyett and the National Theatre of Great Britain."

The play dates and times are:

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 7:30 PM
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 7:30 PM
Thursday, March 27, 2014 7:30 PM
Friday, March 28, 2014 8:00 PM
Saturday, March 29, 2014 2:00 PM
Saturday, March 29, 2014 8:00 PM
Sunday, March 30, 2014 1:30 PM
Sunday, March 30, 2014 7:00 PM

Ticket prices start at $30.00. The Orpheum Theatre is located at 203 S. Main Street, Memphis, Tenn. 38103.

This writer will be at the premiere tonight, and I hope to see you there. Also, please continue to watch for Examiner articles by Gerry Glenn Jones that cover the performing arts in the Memphis metropolitan area, as well as surrounding venues. Click on the subscribe link near the top of this page, and you will be notified by email each time a new article is published. Also, remember they are free. Please share this information with friends and family, and "Let's support the Memphis Metropolitan Performing Arts."