Smash hit play is destined for Bradford’s Alhambra

The “most successful production in the history of the National Theatre” is going on tour for the first time and coming to Yorkshire.

War Horse, the phenomenally successful stage adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s First World War story, is coming to Bradford’s Alhambra Theatre. While audiences can buy tickets now, they’ll have to wait for 2014 for the story of farm boy Albert and his horse Joey. Like the book, the stage version tells the horrors of war through the eyes of the horse and, from an unlikely idea, has become the biggest hit commercially and critically in the history of the National. The success of the stage version inspired Steven Spielberg to turn the story into a movie and will now be seen by audiences around the UK.

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Announcing the first UK tour yesterday, author Michael Morpurgo said: “The National has created this extraordinary story from my book.”

The show, which won six Tony Awards on Broadway, has become most famous for its on-stage puppets of the horses of the story, each of which is operated by three actors.

The production is at Bradford Alhambra from May 26, 2014.