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National announces details of War Horse's first UK tour

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The National Theatre has announced details of the first UK tour of War Horse, which commences a ten month, nine-venue tour of the UK and Ireland on 27 September 2013.

War Horse will visit the Theatre Royal, Plymouth, Birmingham Hippodrome; The Lowry in Salford Quays, the Festival Theatre, Edinburgh; The Mayflower Theatre, Southampton; Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin, Sunderland Empire; the Alhambra Theatre, Bradford and the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff.

National Theatre producer Chris Harper said: "We are delighted that our production of War Horse, which is currently running in London, New York, Toronto and is on a US Tour, with future productions in Australia and Berlin, will soon be seen by audiences all over the UK and Dublin. War Horse comes home."

War Horse premiered at the NT Olivier in October 2007, returning for a second run the following year and transferring to the West End's New London theatre in April 2009.

The multi award-winning production is based on a novel by Michael Morpurgo, adapted by Nick Stafford and presented in association with Handspring Puppet Company. Directed by Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris, it is designed by Rae Smith.

The full tour dates are:

  • Theatre Royal, Plymouth 27 September – 12 October 2013
  • Birmingham Hippodrome 17 October – Sat 9 November 2013
  • The Lowry, Salford Quays 20 November 2013 – 18 January 2014
  • Festival Theatre, Edinburgh 22 January – 15 February 2014
  • The Mayflower Theatre, Southampton 19 February – 15 March 2014
  • Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin 26 March – 26 April 2014
  • Sunderland Empire 30 April – 17 May 2014
  • Alhambra Theatre, Bradford 26 May – 14 June 2014
  • Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff 18 June – 19 July 2014
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