War Horse, the National Theatre’s heart-wrenching, record-breaking production, is coming to the Bristol Hippodrome.
The world-wide sell-out show makes its Bristol premiere in January 2015 with tickets going on sale on April 8.
Based on the celebrated novel by Michael Morpurgo, actors work with magnificent, life-sized puppets to take audiences on a gripping journey through history.
The production’s co-director Tom Morris, who joined Bristol Old Vic as artistic director in 2009, said: “I am absolutely thrilled.
“When I arrived in the city, the thing I was most often asked was whether I would be bringing War Horse to Bristol.
“Of course I had to explain that the show simply wouldn’t fit on the Old Vic stage, but now finally it is happening.
“It is great news that War Horse will finally come to the Bristol Hippodrome.”
Humour, love, loyalty and tragedy are fused together in this powerful story of a young boy called Albert and his beloved horse Joey, who has been requisitioned to fight for the British in the First World War.
Joey embarks on an epic odyssey, serving on both sides before finding himself alone in no man’s land.
Albert cannot forget Joey, and still not old enough to enlist in the army, he embarks on a dangerous mission to find him and bring him home to Devon.
War Horse is powerfully moving and imaginative, filled with stirring music, lighting and artistry.
Full-scale horses are brought to life on stage by a team of puppeteers, their flanks, hides and sinews built of steel, leather and aircraft cables.
War Horse has been seen by more than five million theatre-goers world-wide and in 2011 it was adapted into a movie by Steven Spielberg.
Dubbed ‘the theatrical event of the decade’, War horse will appear at the Bristol Hippodrome from January 14 to February 14, 2015.