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CIVIC CENTER: WAR HORSE gallops to the Civic Center Dec. 11-16, 2012

Posted September 11, 2012 in Downtown, Community Web Exclusives


Tickets on sale Monday, Sept. 17

DES MOINES, Iowa – The National Theatre’s epic WAR HORSE, winner of five 2011 Tony Awards® including Best Play, is galloping to Des Moines as part of the Willis Broadway Series.  Seen by two million people worldwide, the landmark theatrical event comes to life on stage at the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines Dec. 11-16, 2012.
Tickets for WAR HORSE go on sale to the public at 9 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 17, 2012 at the Civic Center Ticket Office, all Ticketmaster locations, charge-by-phone at (800) 745-8000 and online at  Groups of 15 or more should call (515) 246-2340.


Tuesday            Dec. 11          7:30 p.m.

Wednesday       Dec. 12          7:30 p.m.

Thursday           Dec. 13          7:30 p.m.

Friday               Dec. 14          7:30 p.m.

Saturday           Dec. 15          2:00 p.m.

Saturday           Dec. 15          7:30 p.m.

Sunday             Dec. 16          1:00 p.m.

Sunday             Dec. 16          6:30 p.m.


Ticket prices start at $20.

All pricing includes a Building Restoration Fee of $3.50

Hailed by The New York Times as “theatrical magic,” WAR HORSE is the powerful story of young Albert’s beloved horse, Joey, who has been enlisted to fight for the English in World War I. In a tale the New York Daily News calls “spellbinding, by turns epic and intimate,” Joey is caught in enemy crossfire and ends up serving both sides of the war before landing in no man’s land. Albert, not old enough to enlist, embarks on a treacherous mission to find his horse and bring him home. What follows is a remarkable tale of courage, loyalty and friendship, filled with stirring music and songs and told with the some of the most innovative stagecraft of our time.

The tour of WAR HORSE, based on the beloved novel by Michael Morpurgo and adapted by Nick Stafford, is directed by Bijan Sheibani based on the original Tony Award®-winning direction by Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris, and presented in association with Handspring Puppet Company. At the heart of the show are life-sized puppets which bring breathing, galloping, charging horses to thrilling life on stage.
In addition to Best Play, WAR HORSE received Tony Awards for Best Direction of a Play (Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris), Best Scenic Design of a Play (Rae Smith), Best Lighting Design of a Play (Paule Constable), and Best Sound Design of a Play (Christopher Shutt). A Special Tony Award was given to Handspring Puppet Company for their integral work on the production.

WAR HORSE received its World Premiere in a limited engagement at the National’s Olivier Theatre in 2007. The play returned to the National Theatre for a second run in 2008 before transferring to the West End’s New London Theatre in 2009 where it continues to play an open-ended run there as well as New York’s Lincoln Center Theater and Toronto’s Princess of Wales Theatre.  Future productions of WAR HORSE are planned for Ausralia, Berlin, and South Africa in addition to a UK tour.  

Michael Morpurgo’s novel, War Horse, is also the inspiration for Steven Spielberg’s feature film of the same name, which earned six Oscar nominations including Best Picture.

The lead producers of the national tour of WAR HORSE are Bob Boyett and the National Theatre of Great Britain.

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The Civic Center of Greater Des Moines

The Civic Center of Greater Des Moines is a private not-for-profit corporation celebrating over 30 years of presenting the performing arts to Iowa and the surrounding states. It is the presenter of major Broadway and educational touring companies, performers and groups, and is the performing home of many local and regional groups, including the Des Moines Symphony and StageWest.  All performances of the Broadway Series are supported by Willis Auto Campus.  All performances at the Civic Center’s Temple Theater are supported by Prairie Meadows.  All performances of the Family Series are supported by Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield.

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