Théâtre (2007)

Livret: Nick Stafford
Production à la création:

At the outbreak of World War One, Joey, young Albert's beloved horse, is sold to the cavalry and shipped to France. He's soon caught up in enemy fire, and fate takes him on an extraordinary odyssey, serving on both sides before finding himself alone in no man's land. But Albert cannot forget Joey and, still not old enough to enlist, he embarks on a treacherous mission to find him and bring him home.

A foal is captured and brought to Devon to be auctioned off. Arthur Narracott bids on the foal, as he hopes to give it to his son Billy, but then his brother Ted, with whom he has a heated rivalry, appears with his son Albert. Ted, who is a drunk and known as the town coward for refusing to fight alongside his brother in Africa, attempts to one-up him by bidding the mortgage money, 39 guineas, on the foal. He wins, though his wife Rose is not pleased. Albert promises to raise the horse until he is ready to be sold. He names him Joey and they form a strong bond as Joey grows up.

Jealous at Albert, Billy convinces his father to get Ted drunk and make an outrageous bet with him - if Joey can be taught to plow within a week, Arthur will pay Ted the 39 guineas Joey was originally worth. If he cannot, Billy keeps Joey. Ted comes home late and whips Joey to make him obey, but Rose and Albert intervene. Albert goes through the difficult process of teaching Joey, and after a week, everyone is amazed at Joey's plowing and Ted wins the bet.

Just as the town celebrates, news of the outbreak of World War I reaches them. Ted sells Joey to the cavalry, breaking his word that he would always belong to Albert. Lieutenant James Nicholls, who originally bid alongside Albert for Joey and often sketched Albert and Joey riding together, promises that he will look after Joey personally. At the same time, Arthur enlists Billy to fight despite his protests, and gives him his grandfather's knife for protection. Joey and Topthorn, another army horse, are shipped to France. There, the British army are overwhelmed by the destructive technology of the Germans - machine guns, barbed wire, and tanks. During the first charge, Nicholls is shot and killed. Billy finds himself riding Joey into battle and is taken by German forces.

Nicholls's sketchbook is sent to Albert, who receives it on Christmas. Horrified by the fact that Joey is out there unprotected, Albert enlists in the army by lying about his age. He befriends a fellow soldier in the infantry, Private David Taylor, who writes letters home for Albert. Billy is brought along with the Germans to a French farm being used as a makeshift hospital. When a nerve-wracked Billy takes back his knife from a German officer and appears to be brandishing it, he is shot and killed. This, combined with almost accidentally shooting Emilie, the little girl who lives at the farm, pushes one of the Germans, Friedrich Muller, into realizing how much this war has twisted him. He shares his love of horses with Emilie, who reminds him of the daughter he left behind, and together they and her mother take care of Joey and Topthorn, who are being kept alive thanks to Joey being able to pull an ambulance for wounded soldiers.

When a shell takes out most of his comrades, Friedrich switches identities with one of them so he can desert the army and return home once the war has ended. This happy time is cut short when the farm is destroyed and Friedrich is discovered by the Germans, including the same man who killed Billy and he recognizes him. Friedrich allows Emilie and her mother to escape though he is caught. Joey and Topthorn are forced to join two other horses on the verge of death in pulling heavy artillery. Once enemies, Joey and Topthorn become friends as they help each other, until Topthorn dies from exhaustion.

As the Germans begin to understand the war from Friedrich's perspective as he mourns over Topthorn, they are interrupted by a tank storming through. Friedrich is killed by the tank as he tries to signal it to stop. Joey runs through the heated battle until he gets caught up in barbed wire in no man's land. The British and the Germans both see him, and, though unable to talk to each other, are able to work together to free him. They flip a coin to see who will take Joey, and the British win, parting on amicable terms with the Germans. Meanwhile, the infantry division that Albert and David are part of comes across Emilie, who is now alone and traumatized by what she has seen, and are ordered to take her to headquarters. On the way, Albert sees the dead horse with Billy's knife still in him, and, believing that the horse is Joey, is broken. Recognizing Joey's name, Emilie attempts to talk to Albert, but then David is shot and killed and Albert is blinded by tear gas.

In the hospital, Albert tells his story to a nurse just as Joey is brought to the camp by the soldiers. Just as Joey is about to be euthanized, Albert hears what is going on just in time and makes the same call to Joey that he did when he was a foal, to which he responds. Albert and Joey are reunited and they return home safe at the end of the war.

1 War Horse peut-être considéré comme un Top musical

War Horse is a play based on the book of the same name by acclaimed children's writer Michael Morpurgo

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London production
2007 Evening Standard Awards[38]Best Director (Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris, nominee)
Best Design (Rae Smith and the Handspring Puppet Company, winner)
2007 Critics' Circle Theatre Awards[39]Best Designer (Basil Jones, Adrian Kohler, Rae Smith, and the Handspring Puppet Company, winner)
2008 Laurence Olivier Awards[40]Best New Play (nominee)
Best Lighting Design (Paule Constable, nominee)
Best Sound Design (Adrian Sutton and John Tams, nominee)
Best Set Design (Rae Smith, Basil Jones and Adrian Kohler, winner)
Best Theatre Choreographer (Toby Sedgwick, winner)
Best Director (Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris, nominee)
2010 Laurence Olivier Awards[13]Audience Award for Most Popular Show (nominee)
2012 AwardsNominated for 'Favourite Play' and 'Favourite Family Show'

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Gefährten (2013-10-Theater des Westens-Berlin)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Theater des Westens (Berlin - Allemagne)
Durée : 11 mois 1 semaine
Nombre :
Première Preview : 20 October 2013
Première: 20 October 2013
Dernière: 28 September 2014
Mise en scène : Marianne Elliott • Tom Morris • Drew Barr
Chorégraphie :
Producteur :
Star(s) :
Avec: Philipp Lind (Albert Narracott), Peter Kaempfe (Arthur/ Sergeant Thunder), Philipp Romann (Captain Stewart), Christian Miebach (David), Andreas Köhler (Friedrich Müller), Christoph Bangerter (Klausen), Thaddäus Meilinger (Major James Nicholls), Silke Geertz (Rose Narracott), Jan Alexander Tomisic (Songman), Heinz Hoenig (Ted Narracott), Matthias Renger (Billy)

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War Horse (2007-10-Olivier Theatre-NT-London)

Type de série: Original
Théâtre: National Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)
Salle : Olivier Theatre
Durée : 4 mois
Nombre :
Première Preview : 09 October 2007
Première: 14 October 2007
Dernière: 14 February 2008
Mise en scène : Marianne Elliott • Tom Morris
Chorégraphie :
Producteur :
Star(s) :
Avec: Toby Sedgwick (Ted Narracott), Luke Treadaway (Albert Narracott), Angus Wright (Captain Nicholls), Alice Barclay, Jason Barnett, Finn Caldwell, Paul Chequer, Thomas Goodridge, Gareth Kennerley, Craig Leo, Rachel Leonard, Tim Lewis, Tommy Luther, Mervyn Millar, Emily Mytton, Toby Olie, Ashley Taylor-Rhys
Presse : NICHOLAS DE JONGH for THE EVENING STANDARD says, "Spectacular production...well acted by a huge cast." PAUL TAYLOR for THE INDEPENDENT says, "Extraordinarily fresh and moving production." MICHAEL BILLINGTON for THE GUARDIAN says, "Elliott and Morris recreate the kaleidoscopic horror of war through bold imagery." CHARLES SPENCER for THE DAILY TELEGRAPH says, "It is one of the most powerfully moving and imaginative productions of the year, whatever age you happen to be." SAM MARLOWE for THE TIMES says, "What makes the piece so elating is its expression of how, in the worst circumstances imaginable, love and compassion can endure. It’s heartbreakingly beautiful."

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War Horse (2008-09-Olivier Theatre-NT-London)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: National Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)
Salle : Olivier Theatre
Durée : 6 mois
Nombre :
Première Preview : 10 September 2008
Première: 17 September 2008
Dernière: 18 March 2009
Mise en scène : Marianne Elliott • Tom Morris
Chorégraphie :
Producteur :
Star(s) :
Avec: James Barriscale, Finn Caldwell, Paul Chequer, Tim van Eyken, Thomas Goodridge, Stephen Harper, Gareth Kennerley, Craig Leo, Tommy Luther, Mervyn Millar, Emily Mytton, Toby Olie, Howard Ward, Alan Williams Kit Harington (Albert), Bronagh Gallagher, Curtis Flowers, Bryony Hannah.

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War Horse (2009-03-New London Theatre-London)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Gillian Lynne Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)

Durée : 6 ans 11 mois 2 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : 28 March 2009
Première: 03 April 2009
Dernière: 12 March 2016
Mise en scène : Marianne Elliott • Tom Morris
Chorégraphie :
Producteur :
Star(s) :
Avec: Gareth Aled (Joey/Topthorn Head), Nigel Allen (Joey/Topthorn Head), Antony Antunes (Topthorn Hind), Derek Arnold (Joey / Topthorn Hind), Alex Avery (Captain Nicholls), Oliver Beamish (Sergeant Allan), Richard Booth (Topthorn Head), Alistair Brammer (Billy Narracott), Ashleigh Cheadle (Baby Joey), Eke Chukwu (Rudi), Darren Cockrill (Joey /Topthorn Heart), Ewen Cummins (Chapman Carter / Soldat Schmidt), Tamsin Fessey (Baby Joey), Nicholas Hart (Joey Head), Paul Hawkyard (Sergeant Thunder), Tom Hodgkins (Arthur Narracott), Jamie Kenna (Ted Narracott), Pieter Lawman (John Greig), Andrew London (Joey Heart), Brian Lonsdale (Thomas Bone), Josh McCord (David Taylor), Dogan Mehmet (Songman), Tom Meredith (Goose /Unteroffizier Klebb), Ben Murray (Songman), Steve North (Dr Schweyk/ Sergeant Fine), Lewis Peploe (Joey/Topthorn Hind), Sergio Priftis (Topthorn Heart), William Rycroft (Captain Stewart), Jack Sandle (Gefreiter Karl), Ian Shaw (Friedrich Muller), Michael Taibi (Joey/Topthorn Heart), Zoe Thorne (Emilie), Emma Thornett (Baby Joey/Paulette), Josie Walker (Rose Narracott), Brendan Wall (Vet Martin/Priest/Johann Schnabel), Sam Wilmott (Joey Hind) and Sion Daniel Young (Albert Narracott)
Commentaires : Créé au National Theatre (Olivier Theatre) le 10 septembre 2007 (où il fut repris en septyembre 2008 avant d'être transféré au New London Theatre le 28 mars 2009.
Presse : "If ever a piece of theatre worked magic then it must be War Horse...The key to the show’s almost eerie success is its creation of larger-than-horse-life equines — the puppet-contraptions, Joey and Topthorn."
Nicholas De Jongh for The Evening Standard

"Genius isn't too strong a word to describe this astonishing production which has now transferred to the New London Theatre after two sold-out runs at the National Theatre. Puppetry, stage design, music and strong, deeply felt performances combine to turn Michael Morpurgo's fine children's novel into something both greater and grander on stage."
Charles Spencer for Daily Telegraph

"The show has adapted perfectly well to the New London stage."
Michael Billington for The Guardian

"Be sure not to miss this stunning show."
Benedict Nightingale for The Times

"A thundering success."
Nuala Calvi for The Stage

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War Horse (2011-04-Vivian Beaumont Theatre-Broadway)

Type de série: Original Broadway
Théâtre: Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (New-York - Etats-Unis)
Durée : 1 an 8 mois 4 semaines
Nombre : 33 previews - 718 représentations
Première Preview : 15 March 2011
Première: 14 April 2011
Dernière: 06 January 2013
Mise en scène : Marianne Elliott • Tom Morris
Chorégraphie :
Producteur :
Star(s) :
Avec: Stephen James Anthony, Zach Appelman, Alyssa Breshnahan, Richard Crawford, Sanjit de Silva, Matt Doyle, Austin Durant, Joby Earle, Koel Reuben Ganz, Ariel Heller, Peter Hermann, Alex Hoeffler, Brian Lee Huynh, Jeslyn Kelly, Ian Lassiter, Tom Lee, Jonathan Christopher MacMillan, Jonathan David Martin, Boris Mc Giver, Seth Numrich, Prentice Onayemi, Bhavesh Patel, David Pegram, Katy Pfaffl, Stephen Plunkett, Leenya Rideout, Liam Robinson, Jude Sandy, Hannah Sloat, T. Ryder Smith, Zach Villa, Elliot Villar, Cat Walleck, Enrico D. Wey and Madeline Yen.
Presse : "Ineffably theatrical magic.... much of 'War Horse' evaporates not long after it ends." Ben Brantley for NY Times

"Runs full gallop with theatrical magic. It is by turns epic and intimate and compels you to hold your breath in anticipation." Joe Dziemianowicz for NY Daily News

"What makes the show so powerful is the way the storytelling and the stagecraft are intricately melded." Elisabeth Vincentelli for New York Post

"Abjuring fancy special effects, 'War Horse' still manages to be the great spectacle of the season. " Jeremy Gerard for Bloomberg

"Gloriously theatrical and almost unbearably moving, this stirring testimonial to the power of honest sentiment is a never-to-be-forgotten theatrical experience." Erik Haagensen for Back Stage

"One aim of theater is to take an audience to another time and place. 'War Horse' ... does that, superbly. But what’s really transfixing is how it gets there." Robert Feldberg for The Record

"Offers masterpiece theatrics for the masses. Get those tickets now or wait until next year." Michael Sommers for Newsroom Jersey

"Emotionally stirring, visually arresting and compellingly told." David Rooney for The Hollywood Reporter

"Pure theatrical magic." Marilyn Stasio for Variety

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War Horse (2018-10-Lyttelton Theatre-National Theatre-London)

Type de série: 8/11/2018
Théâtre: National Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)
Salle : Lyttelton Theatre
Durée :
Nombre :
Première Preview : 08 November 2018
Première: Inconnu
Dernière: 05 January 2019
Mise en scène : Marianne Elliott • Tom Morris
Chorégraphie :
Producteur :
Star(s) :
Commentaires : Eleven years after its NT debut, and having played in eleven countries to over seven million people, War Horse returns to the National Theatre to mark the centenary of Armistice Day.

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War Horse (2009-03-New London Theatre-London)

Qualité: ***** Intérêt: *****
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