The newest season of Transparent is now available on Amazon Prime. I had the priviledge of shooting an episode of this season. What a tremendous cast and crew. Marta Cunningham directed the episode. I love getting to work with female directors! Check it out–it’s a beautiful show, telling a beautiful story. (I’m in episode 5)
In June 2017, Theatre Movement Bazaar was invited to take our production of Track 3 for a short tour in Russia. We performed at the Chekhov International Theatre Festival in Moscow, and Theatre Boff in St. Petersburg. To perform our adaptation of Chekov’s Three Sisters in his homeland was an incredible experience. (scroll down to see a few photos of the trip!)
Later this evening, London says farewell to War Horse, after a record-breaking run. To mark the occasion (and in case it comes up in a pub quiz) we’ve produced a definitive guide to the show.
The show’s history
War Horse received its World Premiere at the National
Theatre on 9 October 2007 and played in the Olivier for 92 performances until
14 February 2008 and was seen by over 104,000 people.
War Horse returned to the National Theatre for a second run
playing from 10 September 2008 until 18 March 2009 for a total of 114
performances and was seen by a further 130,000 people.
War Horse transferred to the West End in 2009 with its first
performance at the New London Theatre on 28 March 2009. War Horse will have its
final performance at the New London Theatre on 12 March 2016 .
The New York production of War Horse opened on 14 April 2011
at the Vivian Beaumont Theater at Lincoln Center and ran until 6 January 2013.
In February 2012 War Horse opened at the Princess of Wales
Theatre, Toronto, and ran until 6 January 2013.
A US tour of War Horse began in Los Angeles on 14 June
2012 visiting cities including San Francisco, Dallas, Boston, Washington
DC, Chicago and Seattle, and toured North America until 22 June 2014. It was followed by a visit to Tokyo, Japan in
An Australian production opened at the
Melbourne Arts Centre State Theatre on 31 December 2012 and then toured to
Sydney and Brisbane.
A tour of the UK and Ireland ran from September 2013 until February
2015, visiting Plymouth, Birmingham, Salford,
Edinburgh, Southampton, Dublin, Sunderland, Bradford, Cardiff, Salford (again),
Stoke-on-Trent and Bristol.
In October 2013 a German language production called Gerfärhten opened at the historic Theater
des Westens in Berlin, where it ran for a year.
In June 2014, a Dutch language production of War Horse
premiered in the Netherlands at the Royal Theatre Carré in Amsterdam as part of
the Holland Festival. It toured around
the Netherlands (Rotterdam, Breda, Groningen, Apeldoorn, Rotterdam, Heerlan)
and then went on to Antwerp in Belgium where it was performed in Flemish from
16 May – 14 June 2015.
Horse toured to South Africa from October 2014 until January 2015, playing in
Johannesburg and Cape Town.
Chinese-language production of War Horse opened in autumn 2015 at the National Theatre of China’s
theatre in Beijing followed by a tour including Shanghai and Guangzhou. This collaboration is part of a partnership
between the National Theatre of Great Britain and the National Theatre of
War Horse was broadcast to over 1000 cinemas worldwide by National
Theatre Live on 27 February 2014.
On 25 October 2012 War Horse celebrated 5 years since its
world premiere at the National Theatre. The celebrations at the New London
Theatre were attended by an audience including Olympians, Paralympians, actors,
sports stars and presenters. It is now
in its eighth year in London.
A BBC War Horse Prom inspired by the play and Michael Morpurgo’s novel took place on
Sunday 3 August 2014 as part of the centenary commemorations of World War
One. It featured a new suite created by Adrian Sutton from his score for the
original production, as well as other music from the period with performers
including the Proms Military Wives Choir and Gareth Malone.
Tams performed his song ‘Only Remembered’ from War Horse at the Royal British
Legion Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall on 9 November 2014.
second UK tour of War Horse will begin in Canterbury in September 2017, and
tour to Bristol, Liverpool, Oxford, Brighton, Bradford and Nottingham.
By the time its West End run closes at the New London
Theatre this evening, War Horse will have been seen by 2.7 million people
in London and over 7 million people worldwide.
In February 2011 the 1 millionth patron to see the
production in London met with writer Michael Morpurgo and was photographed with
puppet horses Joey and Topthorn.
The National Theatre Live screening of the West End production in
February 2014 was seen by over 350,000 people world-wide – breaking previous UK
records for NT Live.
War Horse has been seen by The Queen, Prince Philip, Princess Anne,
Prince William and Prince Harry as well as other famous faces including Michael
Caine, Rupert Everett, Ethan Hawke, James Earl Jones, Tommy Lee Jones, Keira
Knightley, Annie Lennox, Ian McKellen, Helen Mirren, Miranda Richardson, Alan
Rickman, Meg Ryan, Will Smith, Steven Spielberg, Hilary Swank, Alec Baldwin,
Natalie Portman, Cate Blanchett, Susan Sarandon, Sharon Stone, Diana Ross,
Diane Keaton, William Shatner, Barbara Walters, Hugh Jackman, Ricki Lake, Kate
Winslet, George Lucas, Blythe Danner, Joan Rivers, John McEnroe, Queen Latifah,
Martin Sheen, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Billy Crystal, Sting,
Madonna, Guy Ritchie, Angela Lansbury, Elaine Stritch, Michael Buble, Penelope
Cruz, Javier Bardem, Martin Clunes, Liza Minnelli, Nicole Scherzinger, Gary
Barlow, Sir Bob Geldof, Tom Daley, Philip Schofield, Tana Ramsay, John Hurt,
Natalie Gumede, Sir Steve Redgrave, Bill Bailey, Elizabeth Jagger, Greg
Rutherford, Mary Berry and Ronnie Wood,
Having seen the show at the New London Theatre, Steven Spielberg
commissioned a new film adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s novel, which premiered
in January 2012 and starred Jeremy Irvine, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston
and Emily Watson.
The puppets in War Horse were created by Adrian Kohler and
Basil Jones of South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, based in Cape Town.
It takes eight months to build a complete set of puppets for War Horse; they are handmade by 14 craftsmen and women.
The finished horse puppets weigh approximately 43 kilos for
the body, including the puppeteers’ backpacks, and another 7.7 kilos for the
head. They are made of cane, leather and tyvec, a material used in book-binding
(for the manes and tails). The torso is reinforced with aluminium and able to
carry a rider on top.
Joey, Topthorn and Joey as a Foal are each operated by three
puppeteers – the Head, the Heart and the Hind. The three puppeteers work
together to create the character of each horse and to produce the horse
Puppeteers train for eight weeks before they begin
performing. Their training includes basic principles of puppetry before they
work specifically on creating the horses.
War Horse has 23 puppets, including horses Joey and
Topthorn, as well as a goose, two swallows and two crows.
2007 Evening Standard Award for Set Design – Rae Smith and
Handspring Puppet Company
2007 Critics’ Circle Award for Set Design – Rae Smith and Handspring
2007 Laurence Olivier Awards for Set Design – Rae Smith and
Handspring Puppet Company
2007 Laurence Olivier Awards for Best Theatre Choreographer
– Toby Sedgwick
2012 Whatsonstage Best West End Show Award
2015 Mousetrap Award for Best Play
2011 Outer Critics’ Circle Award for Outstanding New
2011 Outer Critics’ Circle Award for Outstanding Director of
a Play – Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris
2011 Outer Critics’ Circle Award Outstanding Lighting Design
– Paule Constable
2011 Outer Critics’ Circle Special Achievement Award – Basil
Jones and Adrian Kohler
2011 Drama Desk Special Award for Thrilling Stagecraft
2011 World Theatre Award – Dorothy Loudon Award for
Excellence -Seth Numrich
2011 Broadway.com Audience Awards Favourite Play
2011 Drama League Awards – Distinguished Production of a
2011 Special Tony Award – Handspring Puppet Company
2011 Tony Award – Best Play
2011 Tony Award for Best Director of a Play – Marianne Elliott
and Tom Morris
2011 Tony Award for Best Scenic Design of a Play – Rae Smith
2011 Tony Award for Best Lighting Design of a Play – Paule
2011 Tony Award for Best Sound Design of a Play –
Fleur du Cap Award for Best Puppetry Design
2012 Toronto Theatre Critics Awards Best Design – The
creative team of War Horse
2012 Toronto Dora Awards Outstanding Costume Design – Rae
Smith, Adrian Kohler with Basil Jones for Handspring Puppet Company for War
2012 Toronto Dora Awards Outstanding Choreography – Toby
Sedgwick for War Horse
2012 Toronto Dora Awards Audience Choice Award – War Horse
2012 Best Presented Production – LA Ovation Awards
War Horse runs for approximately 2 hours and 40 minutes
including one interval
Suitable for 10 years plus
Over 950 people have been employed world-wide on War Horse
So, there you go. Everything you could want to know about War Horse. Now, there’s just one thing left for Joey to do: say goodbye to London.
So what do we deserve? We deserve to work really hard at what we love. That’s a privilege. We deserve that.
Jeffrey Schoenberg and AJS Costumes have been a staple in the #LAThtr community for years. He has designed a number of shows that I’ve been in throughout my time performing here in LA. No one does work like Jeffrey and his team, nor do they have the quality period costume stock. Not only is he a stickler for period appropriate clothing, he teaches you how to carry yourself.
It will be a tragedy for Los Angeles if we lose AJS.
My first audiobook is available on Audible! Thanks to the Deyan Team for having me.
Well, this looks delightful. I should probably go see this.
The ‘Beaux’: Mr Aimwell and Mr Archer, two charming, dissolute young men
who have blown their fortunes in giddy London. Shamed and debt-ridden,
they flee to provincial Lichfield. Their ‘Stratagem’: to marry for
But their greatest obstacle is love. When the Beaux meet their match in
Dorinda and Mrs Sullen they are most at risk, for in love they might be