Opera House To Present Broadcast Of ‘War Horse’ Friday

FREDONIA The 1891 Fredonia Opera House will present a high-definition broadcast of the stage production of “War Horse,” captured live from London’s National Theatre, on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Since its first performance in London in 2007, “War Horse” has become an international phenomenon, seen by more than four million people worldwide and receiving numerous awards, including two Olivier Awards in London and six Tony Awards in New York.

Based on Michael Morpurgo’s novel and adapted for the stage by Nick Stafford, “War Horse” takes audiences on a journey from the fields of rural Devon, Ireland, to the trenches of First World War France. It’s 1914, and Joey, a beautiful bay-red foal, is sold to the army and thrust into the midst of the war on the Western Front.

With his officer, he charges toward the enemy, witnessing the horror of the battles in France. But even in the desolation of the trenches, Joey’s courage touches the soldiers around him and he is able to find warmth and hope. Still, his heart aches for Albert, the farmer’s son he left behind. Will he ever see his true master again? “War Horse” is a powerful tale of war, redemption, and a hero’s journey.

At its heart are astonishing life-sized puppets by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, who bring breathing, galloping, charging horses to thrilling life on stage – their flanks, hides and sinews built of steel, leather and aircraft cables.

This powerful production from London’s National Theatre has been captured live in high definition and will be shown in Dolby stereo surround-sound on the big screen.

Tickets to “War Horse” are $15 ($10 students) and may be purchased in person at the Opera House Box Office or by phone at 679-1891, through Friday, 1-5 p.m. They also may be purchased online any time at www.fredopera.org.

This performance is part of the Opera House’s Live in HD series of events, which is made possible by Dr. James M. and Marcia A. Merrins, who funded the purchase of the satellite transmission and projection equipment used in the series. It also is made possible, in part, with support from the United Arts Appeal of Chautauqua County.

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House is a member-supported nonprofit organization located in Village Hall in downtown Fredonia. A complete schedule of Opera House events is available at www.fredopera.org.