The National Theatre’s Original Stage Production of War Horse Rides Into U.S. Cinemas

  The National Theatre’s Original Stage Production of War Horse Rides Into
  U.S. Cinemas

   Fathom Events, National Theatre Live and BY Experience Present Landmark
 Production Based on Michael Morpurgo’s Beloved Novel Featuring the Acclaimed
   Handspring Puppet Company in Select Movie Theaters on Thursday, Feb. 27

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CENTENNIAL, Colo. -- January 22, 2014

Fathom Events, National Theatre Live (NT Live) and BY Experience have come
together again to broadcast the National Theatre's original stage production
of “War Horse,” pre-recorded live from London’s West End, for only one night
in cinemas across the country on Thursday, Feb. 27 at 7:00 p.m. local time.
Based on Michael Morpurgo’s novel and adapted for the stage by Nick Stafford,
“War Horse” takes audiences on a journey from the fields of rural Devon to the
trenches of France during World War I. Filled with stirring music and songs,
this powerfully moving and imaginative drama is a show of phenomenal
inventiveness. At its heart are astonishing life-size puppets by South
Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, who bring breathing, galloping, charging
horses to life on stage.

“National Theatre Live: National Theatre’s War Horse” will be presented in
more than 350 select movie theaters around the country through Fathom’s
Digital Broadcast Network. Tickets are available at participating theater box
offices and online at For a complete list of theater
locations and prices, visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and
participants are subject to change).

“War Horse” is the powerful story of a young boy named Albert and his beloved
horse, Joey, who has been requisitioned to fight for the English in World War
I. 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 mission to find his horse and bring him home. The
magnificent artistry of the Handspring Puppet Company brings the story to life
with full-scale horses on stage, with their flanks, hides and sinews built of
steel, leather and aircraft cables. “War Horse” is a remarkable tale of
courage, loyalty and friendship.

Since its first performance at the National Theatre in 2007, “War Horse” has
become an international phenomenon, seen by over 4 million people worldwide
and receiving numerous awards, including two Olivier Awards in London, five
Tony Awards in New York and three Dora Awards in Toronto. “War Horse” is
currently in its sixth year in London and is on a major tour of North America
which continues through 2014. The show is also on a UK/Ireland tour and a
German language production is playing in Berlin.

“Fathom Events is proud to team up with BY Experience to bring another
spectacular National Theatre Live production to movie theaters,” said Shelly
Maxwell, executive vice president of Fathom Events. “Live theater-lovers will
have a front row seat to the extraordinary story, music and puppetry of ‘War
Horse’ on the big screen.”

About AC JV, LLC

Fathom Events is owned by a newly formed entity called AC JV, LLC.Fathom is
the recognized leader in the alternative entertainment industry, offering a
variety of one-of-a-kind entertainment events in movie theaters nationwide
that include live, high-definition performances of the Metropolitan Opera, the
performing arts, major sporting events, music concerts, comedy series,
Broadway shows, original programming featuring entertainment’s biggest stars,
socially relevant documentaries with audience Q&A and much more. Additionally,
Fathom events take audiences behind-the-scenes and offer unique extras –
creating the ultimate entertainment experience for fans of all ages. Co-owned
by the three largest movie theater circuits in the United States, AMC
Entertainment Inc. (NYSE: AMC), Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CNK) and Regal
Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC), Fathom’s live digital broadcast network
(“DBN”) is the largest cinema broadcast network in North America, bringing
live events to more than 750 locations in 171 Designated Market Areas®
(including all of the top 50). For more information, visit

About National Theatre Live (NT Live)

National Theatre Live is an initiative by the National Theatre to broadcast
live performances onto cinema screens around the world.  Since its first
season, which began in June 2009 with the acclaimed production of “Phédre”
starring Helen Mirren, over 2 million people have now experienced the work of
National Theatre Live in cinemas worldwide. In addition to the recent
record-breaking broadcast of “The Audience” starring Helen Mirren as The Queen
(winner of two 2013 Olivier Awards, including the Best Actress award for
Mirren), recent broadcasts have included the National Theatre of Great
Britain’s 50^th anniversary celebration “Live from the National Theatre: 50
Years on Stage,” Shakespeare's “Hamlet” starring Rory Kinnear in the title
role, Shakespeare's “Othello” with Adrian Lester and Rory Kinnear
Shakespeare's “Macbeth” with Kenneth Branagh and Alex Kingston, James Graham’s
acclaimed new play “This House,” Alan Bennett’s new comedy “People” with
Frances de la Tour, Arthur Wing Pinero’s “The Magistrate” starring John
Lithgow in the title role, a new production of Shakespeare’s “Timon of Athens”
starring Simon Russell Beale in the title role, Steven Beresford’s acclaimed
new comedy “The Last of the Haussmans,” the theatrical adaptation of Mark
Haddon’s award-winning novel “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the
Night-Time” (winner of seven 2013 Olivier Awards, including Master Card Best
New Play). Upcoming titles include the Donmar Warehouse’s production of
“Coriolanus” starring Tom Hiddleston on January 30, 2014; and, the National
Theatre’s production “King Lear” directed by Sam Mendes and starring Simon
Russell Beale on May 1, 2014. For more information, visit

About BY Experience

BY EXPERIENCE kicked off the digital revolution of live events to movie
theaters and other locations globally with David Bowie’s 2003 Reality album
launch and since then, over 20 million tickets have been sold worldwide for
cinema events BY Experience has distributed globally. Credits: Worldwide HD
Distribution Representative, The Met: Live in HD series (2006 to present);
International (ex-UK) Distribution Representative, the U.K.’s National Theatre
Live series (2009 to present); Executive Producer for Cinema Leonardo Live
(February 2012) and the series Exhibition: Great Art on Screen (2013), the
public radio shows Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me! Live (2013), This American Life –
Live! with Ira Glass (2008, 2009, 2012) and A Prairie Home Companion with
Garrison Keillor (February and October 2010), the Roundabout Theatre Company’s
production of The Importance of Being Earnest (June 2011), Red Hot Chili
Peppers Live: I’m With You (August 2011); The Big Four: Metallica, Slayer,
Megadeth, Anthrax (June 2010), St. Olaf Christmas Festival (2007 and 2011),
the New York Times speaker’s series TimesTalks LIVE (2009), David Gilmour:
Remember That Night — Live from the Royal Albert Hall (September 2007),
Distributor to Cinema Westlife: The Farewell Concert (June 2012), the classic
music celebration BBC Last Night of the Proms (2009 - 2012), BBC Electric
Proms: Robbie Williams (October 2009). BY Experience distributes to over 60
countries, to 2,000 movie screens. For more information, visit:

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