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October 2, 2013 -- War Horse

-Time Magazine



Fisher Theatre
December 17, 2013 - January 5, 2014

Detroit, MI, September 16 – The National Theatre of Great Britain’s epic WAR HORSE, winner of five 2011 Tony® Awards including Best Play, will make its premiere in Detroit beginning December 17, 2013.  The Broadway In Detroit show will run through January 5, 2014. Tickets are now on sale at all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 1-800-982-2787, online at or and at the Fisher Theatre box office. 

Michael Morpurgo’s beloved novel, War Horse, is also the inspiration for Steven Spielberg’s feature film of the same name, which earned six Oscar nominations including Best Picture.

Hailed by The New York Times as “theatrical magic,” WAR HORSE is the powerful story of young Albert’s beloved horse, Joey, who has been enlisted to fight for the English in World War I. In a tale the New York Daily News calls “spellbinding, by turns epic and intimate,” Joey is caught in enemy crossfire and ends up serving both sides of the war before landing in no man’s land. Albert, not old enough to enlist, embarks on a treacherous mission to find his horse and bring him home. What follows is a remarkable tale of courage, loyalty and friendship, filled with stirring music and songs and told with the some of the most innovative stagecraft of our time.

The tour of WAR HORSE, which was adapted from the book by Morpurgo by Nick Stafford, is directed by Bijan Sheibani based on the original Tony® Award-winning direction by Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris, and presented in association with Handspring Puppet Company. At the heart of the show are life-sized puppets which bring breathing, galloping, charging horses to thrilling life on stage.

In addition to Best Play, WAR HORSE received Tony® Awards for Best Direction of a Play (Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris), Best Scenic Design of a Play (Rae Smith), Best Lighting Design of a Play (Paule Constable), and Best Sound Design of a Play (Christopher Shutt). A Special Tony Award was given to Handspring Puppet Company for their integral work on the production.

WAR HORSE received its World Premiere in a limited engagement at the National’s Olivier Theatre in 2007. The play returned to the National Theatre for a second run playing from 2008-2009 before transferring to the West End’s New London Theatre in Spring 2009 where it continues to play an open-ended run. The American premiere was in spring 2011 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater in New York’s Lincoln Center.

WAR HORSE has been seen by over four million people worldwide and is currently playing in London’s West End, in Australia and on the North American Tour. This autumn, a German version of the play entitled Gefahrten opens in Berlin and War Horse begins a major tour of the UK and Ireland.

The lead producers of the national tour of WAR HORSE are Bob Boyett and the National Theatre of Great Britain.

Performance times for WAR HORSE, appearing December 17, 2013 – January 5, 2014 at the Fisher Theatre, located at 3011 W. Grand Blvd., in Detroit, are:

- Tuesday through Saturday performances at 7:30 p.m. except for December 31 at 6:30 p.m.
- Saturday matinees at 2:00 p.m.
- Sunday matinees at 1:00 p.m.
- Sunday evening performances at 6:30 p.m.
- Thursday, December 19 is Kids’ Night. Pre-show activities start at 5:30 p.m.
- Thursday matinees on December 26 and January 2 at 1:00 p.m.
- No performances on December 24, 25, 30 and January 1.

-Friday, January 3 at 7:30pm is a signed performance. 

Tickets for WAR HORSE start at  $30 (includes parking and facility fees) and are on sale now at all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 1-800-982-2787, online at or and at the Fisher Theatre box office . A limited number of premium seats are available through Ticketmaster and at the box office.  For group sales (10 or more) please email or call (313) 871-1132. Performance schedule, prices and cast are subject to change without notice.

Broadway In Detroit and Michigan Education Savings Plan (MESP) present WAR HORSE Kids’ Night, pre-show activities will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 19 in the Fisher Theatre lobby. Kids will have the opportunity to make their very own War Horse and other holiday crafts courtesy of Arts & Scraps, interact with cast members, sample FREE ice cream from Treat Dreams while supplies last, and much more. For Kids’ Night, kids tickets (18 and under) are FREE with the purchase of an adult ticket at full price on select seat locations. Kids’ Night tickets are limited and pre-show activities are subject to change. Visit for details and to purchase tickets online.

The Broadway In Detroit Series at the Fisher Theatre is sponsored by Chrysler.  As part of this sponsorship, “Broadway In Detroit” meets “Imported from Detroit,” with the latest and hottest Chrysler vehicles on display at the theatre.

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