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(L–R) Andrew Veenstra, Christopher Mai, Derek Stratton, and Rob Laqui in the national tour of the National Theatre of Great Britain production of “War Horse.”

Photo by Brinkhoff/Mögenburg.

National Theatre of Great Britain production of

War Horse

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Jun 29 – Jul 22, 2012

Ahmanson Theatre

A thrilling roller-coaster ride…. Credit the extraordinary ingenuity of Handspring Puppet Company for exciting that area of our brains that controls wonder.

A grandly theatrical, warmly human fable.

An evening full of magical brilliance that reminds you why live theatre can be so powerfully dynamic and beautiful.

WINNER! 5 Tony Awards® including Best Play of the year!

In addition, Adrian Kohler and Basil Jones were presented with a Special Tony Award for Handspring Puppet Company's Artistic Achievement.

This remarkable tale of courage, loyalty and friendship opened to rave reviews in London and New York. Coming exclusively to the Ahmanson.

National Theatre of Great Britain production

England, 1914. As World War One begins, Joey, young Albert’s beloved horse, is sold to the cavalry and shipped from England to France. He’s soon caught up in enemy fire, and fate takes him on an extraordinary journey, before finding himself alone in no man’s land. But Albert cannot forget Joey, and he embarks on a treacherous mission to find him and bring him home.

You’ve never seen anything quite like War Horse. This epic tale is both highly inventive spectacle and powerfully moving drama, with one of the largest casts (over 30) ever assembled on the Ahmanson stage. This odyssey of a boy and his horse took London by storm before opening on Broadway in Spring 2011.

A total theater experience sure to dazzle children from 8 to 80.

The horses in this amazing piece of theatre are life-size AND life-like: crafted in cane, steel, leather, and aircraft cables, by the extraordinary Handspring Puppet Company of South Africa, they embody the fire, spirit, and nobility of living, breathing steeds.

This National Theatre of Great Britain production will thrill audiences at the Ahmanson. War Horse, filled with stirring music and song, is an astonishing event every family with children over 13 will enjoy.

First presented in the United States at Lincoln Center Theater, 2011.

War Horse is so exhilarating that it makes you rejoice to be alive. Its sheer skill and invention are simply awe-inspiring.

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Performance Length

The performance length is approx. two hours and 28 minutes, with one intermission.

Be Aware

Recommended for ages 13+ due to emotional depiction of war and mortality.

Children 6 and under who may cry or fidget are never admitted.

Center Theatre Group Show Guide for Parents

Season Sponsor

Bank of America