“War Horse” Gallops Off in January

Paul Kolnik

War Horse,” the uplifting National Theatre production about a boy and his horse at the dawn of World War I, will end its Broadway run on Jan. 6, 2013.

At its closing, the production will have played 718 performances at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theater, making it the longest-running Tony-winning Best Play of the last decade.

“It has been our great honor and pleasure to help bring War Horse to Broadway,” André Bishop, Lincoln Center Theater’s artistic director, said in a press release. “There are few theatrical experiences that can be categorized as truly magical and everyone at LCT is thrilled to have been a part of this one.”

In addition to New York, “War Horse” has major productions running in London, Toronto, and a newly launched U.S. national tour, which will visit 30 cities in the 2012-2013 season.

At the heart of “War Horse” are life-sized puppets which bring breathing, galloping horses to life on stage. For its novel presentation, the production was awarded five Tonys, including a special statue for the Handspring Puppet Company, which created the equestrian characters. Michael Morpurgo’s novel, “War Horse,” was also the inspiration for Steven Spielberg’s recent film, which was nominated for six Academy Awards.

There are some great production photos at the Lincoln Center Theater’s site hereThe National Theatre’s official trailer for the stage production is below.

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