Canterbury’s Marlowe Theatre will launch a major new UK tour of War Horse in 2017, it’s been announced today [14 January].
The National Theatre’s acclaimed production will be rehearsed in Canterbury before it opens at The Marlowe on 15 September 2017, where it will run until 14 October 2017.
Since opening in October 2011, The Marlowe has hosted the National Theatre’s People, One Man, Two Guvnors, and The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time.
It is the success of such major touring shows that The Marlowe’s Theatre Director Mark Everett believesis behind the venue being chosen to open the tour. “This is a huge honour for us all at The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury and Kent. Because the tour starts at The Marlowe, it will also be rehearsed here, which adds a whole new dimension as most shows we present are made elsewhere. ”
The tour of War Horse coincides with the Centenary commemorations of the end of the First World War. War Horse, which has been seen by more than seven million people worldwide, completes its record-breaking eight-year London run at the New London Theatre on 12 March 2016. It has won 25 awards, including the Tony Award for Best Play on Broadway.
War Horse authorMichael Morpurgo is delighted that the show is touring in 2015. “After a few months rest, out at pasture, Joey, the War Horse and his great team from the National Theatre, will be touring the UK again, from 2017 through to 2018 and the centenary of the end of the First World War, taking their show all over the country, to towns and cities, many of them places War Horse has not been seen before. I am so pleased this is happening; that so many more people will have the chance to enjoy this unique theatrical event. Steady boy, steady Joey. Trot on!”