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Stage version of War Horse to appear in cinemas

Albert in full flight on Joey in the National Theatre's stage production of War Horse. Photo: National Theatre

Albert in full flight on Joey in the National Theatre’s stage production of War Horse. Photo: National Theatre

People around the world who missed out on seeing the stage production of War Horse will be able to see it in cinemas.

In an ambitious undertaking, Britain’s National Theatre is planning a live screening across selected cinemas of the internationally acclaimed production on February 27.

The 170-minute cinematic version will also be used for theatre runs around the world, including in New Zealand from March 26 to May 28.

Since its first performance at the National Theatre in 2007, the stage adaptation of War Horse has become an international smash hit.

Director Steven Spielberg turned War Horse into a Hollywood blockbuster.

New Zealand fans were left disappointed last May, when it was announced that an Australian stage production scheduled for a season in Auckland for August was cancelled due to insufficient bookings.

Albert and Joey. Photo: National Theatre, UK

Albert and Joey. Photo: National Theatre, UK

It is expected that the cinematic version of the stage play will reach most New Zealand centres.

The story is based on Michael Morpurgo’s novel of the same name, which he wrote as a children’s novel.

It was adapted for stage by Nick Stafford.

War Horse takes audiences on a journey from the fields of rural Devon, England, to the trenches of World War I.

It tells the story of young Albert’s horse, Joey, being sold into military service. It follows Joey’s exploits on the battlefield.

Then, an older Albert enlists and sets off to find his long-lost friend.

The stage version features life-sized horse puppets from South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company.

A scene from the National Theatre's stage production of War Horse. Photo: National Theatre, UK

A scene from the National Theatre’s stage production of War Horse. Photo: National Theatre, UK

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