by Martin Brady
When: June 3-8
Where: TPAC's Jackson Hall
The 2011 New York production of this epic from the National Theatre of Great Britain won five Tony Awards, including one for best play. Now its touring counterpart makes for a wonderful entry in TPAC’s Broadway Series, one bound to capture the interest of many theatergoing Nashvillians.
Well before Steven Spielberg adapted Michael Morpurgo’s World War I tale into an Oscar-nominated film, there was this stage play, adapted by Nick Stafford from Morpurgo’s 1982 children’s novel about a remarkable British army horse. The play debuted in London in 2007 and received two other West End mountings before its American premiere at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theatre.
The tour show is directed by Bijan Sheibani, and is based on the original Tony Award-winning direction of Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris. It is also presented in association with Handspring Puppet Company, which is responsible for the compelling puppets that gallop to life on stage. In this inspiring story, innovative stagecraft and stirring music combine to offer the promise of a singular theatrical experience.