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Tony Awards: 'War Horse' wins for best play

June 12, 2011 |  7:33 pm

Warhorse

The British drama "War Horse" has won for best play at the Tony Awards. The production, which uses life-size puppets for its four-legged characters, originated at London's National Theatre before moving to the West End and New York.

Playwright Nick Stafford adapted "War Horse" from the book of the same name by Michael Morpurgo. The drama, at Lincoln Center's Vivian Beaumont Theatre, is set during World War I and follows the adventures of a horse named Joey from birth to war.

The other best-play nominees were "Good People" (David Lindsay-Abaire), "Jerusalem" (Jez Butterworth) and "The Mother... with the Hat" (Stephen Adly Guirgis).

"War Horse" has also won awards for direction and scenic design.

The drama is scheduled to play at the Ahmanson Theatre in 2012. A film version of the book by Steven Spielberg is set to open in December.

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-- David Ng

Photo (top): A scene from "War Horse." Credit: Paul Kolnik / Associated Press

Photo credit (bottom): American Theatre Wing

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