The Toronto production of “War Horse” will play its final performance on January 6, 2013, producers announced recently. This is the same day the Broadway production of the hit musical will close.
The Canadian version is currently in an extended run at the Princess of Wales Theatre, and will have played 368 performances when it closes. The production began previews at the venue on February 10 and officially opened on February 28. It has since been extended twice.
“We are absolutely thrilled that Toronto audiences have embraced ‘War Horse,’ helping the show to set Canadian theatrical records,” said the National Theatre’s “War Horse” producer Chris Harper. “The Canadian cast and crew have brought the show to epic life in the beautiful Princess of Wales Theatre and I’m sure that audience records will continue to be broken in the show’s final twelve weeks in Toronto.”
Toronto producer David Mirvish also praised the production.
“In 2007, a large group of subscribers saw the original ‘War Horse’ at the National in London and raved about it,” Mirvish said. “Since then it was our dream to produce the show in Toronto with an all-Canadian cast and crew. We have made that dream a reality and we couldn’t be prouder of this magnificent production. Of course, none of this would have happened without our good friends at the National Theatre and the visionary producers Bob Boyett and Tim Levy. It’s been an amazing year for ‘War Horse’ in Toronto and we ant to thank the local audience for going on the adventure with us.”
The critically acclaimed production takes place in England during World War I. Producers describe the play as follows:
England, 1914. As World War I begins, Joey, young Albert’s beloved horse, is sold to the cavalry and shipped to France. He’s soon caught up in enemy fire, and fate takes him on an extraordinary journey, serving on both sides before finding himself alone in No Man’s Land. But Albert cannot forget Joey and, though not old enough to enlist, he embarks on a treacherous mission to find his horse and bring him home.