Oct. 31--Richmond's newly renovated Landmark Theater, previously the historic Mosque Theater, has secured the first Virginia booking of "War Horse," the unique theater version of what is only outwardly a simple story of a boy and his horse.
Playing through Sunday, the show, based on a 1982 novel by Michael Morpurgo, features life-size puppets portraying the animals in the drama. The show opened in London in 2007 and continues a sell-out run there as the most successful production in the history of Britain's National Theatre. On Broadway, it was the winner of the Tony Award as best play. A movie version, directed by Steven Spielberg, was Oscar-nominated for best picture two years ago.
But the stage version is unique. The Virginian-Pilot's review of the New York production stated flatly that "there has never been anything like it on stage" and pointed out that "it makes grown men cry while the original target audience, children, seem more level-headed about it.' "
It depicts the story of a British farm boy separated from his beloved horse, Joey, during World War I.
Performances remain at 7:30 tonight, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets start at $38 and can be obtained at the Landmark Theater box office, online at www.etix.com or by phone at 800-514-3849.
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