War Horse, the 2011 Tony Award-winning Best Play and international sensation seen by more than 2 million people worldwide, will conclude its Broadway run Sunday, January 6, 2013 (at the Vivian Beaumont Theater - 150 West 65 Street) as the longest-running Tony Award-winning Best Play of the last decade. At time of closing, the production will have played 718 performances and 33 previews.
The National Theatre of Great Britain’s production of War Horse, presented by Lincoln Center Theater (under the direction of André Bishop and Bernard Gersten), The National Theatre of Great Britain (under the direction of Nicholas Hytner and Nick Starr) and Bob Boyett, swept the 2011 theater awards winning five Tony Awards including Best Play, the Drama Desk Award for Best Play, three Outer Critics Circle Awards including Best Play and the Drama League Award for Outstanding Production of a Play.
“It has been our great honor and pleasure to help bring War Horse to Broadway,” said André Bishop, Artistic Director of Lincoln Center Theater. “War Horse is that rare play that brings joy to everyone it touches- from the most avid theatergoers to children, seeing their first Broadway show. There are few theatrical experiences that can be categorized as truly magical and everyone at LCT is thrilled to have been a part of this one.”
“From its earliest days at The National Theatre workshop, War Horse has been a very special and unique project,” added Nick Starr, Executive Director of The National Theatre of Great Britain. “Its journey from a rehearsal space to The National Theatre stage to Tony Award-winning play and international sensation has been thrilling and unprecedented. In 2013, War Horse will launch productions in Australia and Berlin, plus a UK tour, and planning is already underway for engagements in Asia and South Africa. I think it’s safe to say this show’s journey is far from over.”
“Working with these two great theatres to bring a once-in-a-generation theatrical experience to Broadway is, for me, a source of deep personal pride and a highlight in my career,” said producer Bob Boyett. “War Horse is theatre at its best: magical, moving, and invigorating. I’m so grateful to have been a part of bringing such an inspired and inspiring piece of theatre to New York.”
In addition to New York, War Horse has major productions running in London, Toronto, and a newly-launched US national tour which will visit 30 cities in the 2012-2013 season. Future productions of War Horse are planned for Australia, Berlin, and a UK tour.