Beaumont Theater

In AN EVENING WITH MICHAEL MORPURGO: WAR CHILD TO WAR HORSE, the NY Times Best-Selling author took the audience on his journey with War Horse, starting with tales of his childhood in a bombed out London during World War II, to years later when during a chance conversation with a World War I veteran in a Devon pub he learned of the role of horses on the front lines of the Great War.

This conversation inspired him to write a novel about World War I England, France, and Germany seen through the eyes of its protagonist, a horse named Joey. That novel, War Horse, would years later be adapted for the theater by playwright Nick Stafford with the Handspring Puppet Company, directed by Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris, and become a world-wide stage phenomenon. In addition to Mr. Morpurgo reading excerpts from his novel, this one-night only special event also featured songs from the production.