2019 marks ten years since the National Theatre’s NT Live scheme first commenced. As part of the celebrations Latitude Festival will be screening the National Theatre’s internationally acclaimed production, War Horse.
To make this a truly unforgettable experience, Joey – the groundbreaking War Horse puppet – will also be making a special appearance at the festival in the flesh as well as on screen.
The screening of War Horse at Latitude on 18th July will mark the start of National Theatre Live’s summer of outdoor broadcasts to celebrate 10 years of broadcasting the finest UK theatre in cinemas across the UK and the world. It’s a particularly special broadcast as Latitude will be welcoming the groundbreaking War Horse puppet, Joey, to the fields of Henham Park on the day of the broadcast.
War Horse is the most successful play in the National Theatre’s history and has been seen by over seven million people worldwide. Directed by Tony Award winning directors Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris, the play is an adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s remarkable and deeply moving story of courage, loyalty and friendship about a young boy called Albert and his horse Joey against the backdrop of the First World War.
The play has become renowned for its use of the cutting-edge puppetry by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, which brings the breathing, galloping horses in the play to life.
National Theatre Live has a rich history of outdoor screenings with Latitude Festival and the festival is thrilled to be a part of their 10th anniversary celebrations this summer. In 2017 Latitude screened the NT Live’s 50th production of Tom Stoppard’s brilliantly funny situation comedy, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, starring Daniel Radcliffe and Joshua McGuire. Back in 2015 the festival also presented a live screening of Carol Duffy’s adaptation of one of English drama’s oldest plays, Everyman, starring BAFTA winner and Academy Award nominee, Chiwetel Ejiofor.
War Horse joins headliners George Ezra, Snow Patrol, Lana Del Rey, Jason Manford and Michelle Wolf at the multi-award-winning Latitude Festival taking place at the stunning grounds of Henham Park, Suffolk, across 18th–21st July 2019. Weekend and day tickets are on sale.