War Horse to open in Australia NEWS

War Horse to open in Australia

The National Theatre's successful show will open in Australia next year following its prosperous Broadway run.

Following successful stints in both the West End and on Broadway, War Horse is to open next year.

War Horse, based on Michael Morpurgo's book of the same name, opened in 2007 at the National theatre and became instantly popular. It was announced in October that War Horse topped the national theatre record by bringing in £13.9 million in the last year.

The production will open at the Arts Centre's State theatre in Melbourne with a local cast. The Aussie production will be produced by Global Creatures, who also produced Walking with Dinosaurs - The Arena Spectacular and King Kong: Live on Stage, which will open in 2013 in Australia before going on to Broadway.

Carmen Pavlovic, CEO of Global Creatures, said: 'We expect War Horse to have a great resonance in this country, not only because of our connection to world war one but because themes of the land, loss and the ultimate triumph of friendship have a special place in the Australian psyche.''

Over 1.4 million people are said to have seen the production in London and the Broadway production sold in excess of 240,000 tickets in its first four months of opening.

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