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A British play about a boy and his horse during World War I that leaves adults weeping in their seats has won the Tony Award for Best Play. The horse—a life size puppet created by the Handspring Puppet Company—was winner of a special Tony.

War Horse originated at the National Theater in London and was a runaway hit. It is currently at the Lincoln Center in New York and will tour the U.S. starting next summer. The sensitive melding of humans and puppets is said to create visually stunning theatrical magic.

The play is based on a children’s novel by Michel Morpurgo. Steven Spielberg is working on a film version.

Read Ben Brantley’s review in The New York Times for more details.

Posted June 13, 2011

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