The National Theatre’s multi-award winning production of War Horse will be broadcast from its home at the New London Theatre in the West End to Cinema Nouveau’s digital screens nationwide and at Ster-Kinekor Blue Route in Tokai, Cape Town from Saturday 12 April for eight shows only.
This National Theatre Live screening of War Horse marks the first theatre production to be broadcast in South Africa in 4K, after the recent digital technology projection upgrade at all Cinema Nouveau and Ster-Kinekor sites.
In War Horse, a young boy Albert’s beloved horse, Joey, is commandeered to fight for the British in World War I. After being caught in enemy crossfire, Joey has to serve on both sides and ends up in No Man’s Land, land that is unoccupied or is under dispute between parties that leave it unoccupied due to fear or uncertainty. Not old enough to enlist, Albert embarks on a treacherous mission to find Joey and bring him home.
War Horse, described as a “remarkable tale of courage, loyalty and friendship’, features incredible life-size puppets by the Handspring Puppet Company, bringing “breathing’, “galloping’ horses to life on stage in a thrilling production.
Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris directed, while War Horse is designed by Rae Smith with lighting by Paule Constable and movement and horse choreography by Toby Sedgwick. Basil Jones and Adrian Kohler are the puppetry directors, with video design by 59 Productions Ltd, song-making by John Tams, music by Adrian Sutton and sound by Christopher Shutt.
At the New London, The War Horse cast includes Gareth Aled, Nigel Allen, Antony Antunes, Derek Arnold, Alex Avery, Oliver Beamish, Richard Booth, Alistair Brammer, Ashleigh Cheadle, Eke Chukwu, Darren Cockrill, Ewen Cummins, Tamsin Fessey, Nicholas Hart, Paul Hawkyard, Tom Hodgkins, Jamie Kenna, Pieter Lawman, Andrew London, Brian Lonsdale, Josh McCord, Dogan Mehmet, Tom Meredith, Ben Murray, Steve North, Lewis Peploe, Sergio Priftis, William Rycroft, Jack Sandle, Ian Shaw, Michael Taibi, Zoe Thorne, Emma Thornett, Josie Walker, Brendan Wall, Sam Wilmott and Sion Daniel Young.
War Horse shows on 12, 16, 17, 19, 23 and 24 April at 19h30 and on 13 and 20 April at 14h30. War Horse screens at Cinema Nouveau theatres in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town and at Ster-Kinekor Blue Route Mall. The running time of the production is 2hrs 50mins.
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