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War Horse

War Horse - Michael Morpurgo


bookshelves: wwi, kiddlewinks, play-dramatisation, published-1982, autumn-2010, war, young-adult

Recommended for: BBC7 listeners
Read on November 14, 2010




First World War tale of a boy's extraordinary bond with his horse. Stars Timothy Spall, Brenda Blethyn and Bob Hoskins.

From wuki - At the outbreak of World War I, Joey, young Albert's beloved horse, is sold to the cavalry and shipped to France. He's soon caught up in enemy fire; death, disease and fate take him on an extraordinary odyssey, serving on both sides before finding himself alone in No Man's Land. But Albert cannot forget Joey and, still not old enough to enlist in the British Army, he embarks on a dangerous mission to find the horse and bring him home.

The book has also been made into a play adapted by Nick Stafford. The play, also called War Horse, was staged at the Olivier Theatre, National Theatre in London. The production opened on 17 October 2007 and was met with critical acclaim — its use of life-size puppets of horses from the Handspring Puppet Company won an Olivier Award, Evening Standard Theatre Award and London Critics' Circle Theatre Award for design.[1]

In February 2010 it was announced that the play is transferring to Broadway in New York City, New York, United States. Director Steven Spielberg has reportedly bought the film rights of the play. In May 2010, it was reported Steven Spielberg would direct the movie adaptation with Richard Curtis and Lee Hall writing the screeplay, with a reported release date of August 10, 2011. Eddie Redmayne had been cast as the lead role, but was later replaced by Jeremy Irvine. Tom Hiddleston, from Thor, will also star. The full cast was revealed on June 17, 2010. The film will be produced by Spielberg's studio DreamWorks, and it will be released and distributed by Disney's Touchstone banner, as part of the 30-picture deal between DreamWorks and Disney.


In 1914, Joey, a beautiful bay-red foal with a distinctive cross on his nose, is sold to the army and thrust into the midst of the war on the Western Front. With his officer, he charges toward the enemy, witnessing the horror of the battles in France. But even in the desolation of the trenches, Joey's courage touches the soldiers around him and he is able to find warmth and hope. But his heart aches for Albert, the farmer's son he left behind. Will he ever see his true master again?