War Horse gallops into Toronto

The Canadian stage adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's War Horse has finally galloped into Toronto.

Mirvish Productions has brought the award-winning play to the city's Princess of Wales Theatre, where it officially opens on Feb. 28, although previews are already underway. The show will run until June 30, 2012.

When War Horse was first published, it garnered critical praise and even finished as runner-up for 1982's Whitbread Book Award. But it was a minor hit sales-wise and seemed destined to remain in relative obscurity, even as Morpurgo developed into one of the U.K.'s most prolific and celebrated children's authors.

That is, until the acclaimed National Theatre of Great Britain adapted War Horse into a stage production. Using innovative puppets to create life-size, moving horses, the show debuted in 2007 to rave reviews.

Morpurgo has described the adaptation not as a play but "a theatrical moment for people to savour and rejoice in."

CBC Books had the opportunity to chat with Morpurgo about the Canadian production and Steven Spielberg's adaptation last December. You can watch the interview below.