WAR Horse is set to become the mane attraction at the Sunderland Empire during a three-week run.
The celebrated National Theatre production of the Michael Morpurgo novel opened to a packed house at the High Street West theatre last night.
The show makes its North East debut at the venue after huge success in the West End.
Among the cast is Seaham-born folk singer Bob Fox who plays Songman, a role he also brought to life on the London stage. Also starring are the life-size horse puppets created by the Handspring Puppet Company.
Though there are a small number of tickets remaining for War Horse, it’s broken records already as the Sunderland Empire’s highest-grossing show.
It tells the powerful story of a young boy called Albert and his beloved horse, Joey, who has been requisitioned to fight for the English in World War One.
Caught in enemy crossfire, Joey ends up serving on both sides during the war before landing in no man’s land, while Albert, not old enough to enlist, embarks on a treacherous journey to find his horse and bring him home.