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WAR HORSE, the un­for­get­table the­atri­cal event based on Michael Mor­purgo’s beloved novel, will re­turn to the Liver­pool Em­pire The­atre from July 31 to Au­gust 17 next year.

War Horse last played at the Em­pire in Novem­ber last year to record au­di­ence num­bers.

Di­rected by Mar­i­anne El­liott and Tom Mor­ris, Nick Stafford’s adap­ta­tion of Mor­purgo’s re­mark­able story of courage, loy­alty and friend­ship, about a young boy called Al­bert and his horse Joey, set against the back­drop of WWI, is the most suc­cess­ful play in the Na­tional The­atre’s his­tory.

It fea­tures ground­break­ing pup­petry work by South Africa’s Hand­spring Pup­pet Com­pany, which brings breath­ing, gal­lop­ing horses to life on stage.

War Horse, which has been seen by more than seven mil­lion peo­ple world­wide, com­pleted its record-break­ing eight-year Lon­don run at the New Lon­don The­atre in March, 2016.

It has won 25 awards in­clud­ing the Tony Award for Best Play on Broad­way.

War Horse is pro­duced on tour by the Na­tional The­atre. Tick­ets from £12.

Call 0844 871 3017 or visit at­gtick­ets.com/ liver­pool to book.

Fees ap­ply to on­line and phone book­ings. MAGHULL Wind Orches­tra is poised for its busiest Christ­mas yet, with no fewer than eight con­certs lined up, tak­ing in churches, a su­per­mar­ket, a gi­ant green­house and even a prison.

Mu­si­cal di­rec­tor Phil Shot­ton said: “Any of our mu­si­cians think­ing of tak­ing it easy over the fes­tive pe­riod had bet­ter think again – we’re go­ing to be work­ing harder than ever!

“But it’s fan­tas­tic that the band is in such de­mand.

“We’re look­ing for­ward to bring­ing our

Christ­mas mu­sic to a wider au­di­ence than ever be­fore.”

MWO’s Tin­sel Tour be­gan at St Ni­cholas Church, Bridge Road, Blun­dell­sands, on Tues­day, De­cem­ber 4.

On Satur­day, De­cem­ber 8, mem­bers of the band will turn out in re­lays to play car­ols out­side the Tesco store at Kew, South­port, from 10am to 4pm, to raise money for re­search into the in­cur­able con­di­tion Eh­lers-Dan­los syn­drome, which dras­ti­cally weak­ens the con­nec­tive tis­sue sup­port­ing skin, bones and many or­gans of the body.

The fol­low­ing week sees the pop­u­lar com­mu­nity orches­tra fir­ing up its in­stru­ments again for a con­cert at St Luke’s Church, Formby, at 6.30pm, in con­junc­tion with chil­dren from St Luke’s CE Pri­mary

School.

That is fol­lowed by the first of three per­for­mances at HM Prison Garth, near Ley­land.

The band will play at the staff Christ­mas con­cert on Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 13, re­turn­ing on Mon­day 17 to give two con­certs for the pris­on­ers.

In be­tween is their an­nual Christ­mas gig at the Palm House, in Liver­pool’s Sefton Park (Sun­day, De­cem­ber 16, 2pm, free ad­mis­sion) be­fore the “Tin­sel Tour” wraps up at Christ the King Catholic High

School in South­port (Tues­day, De­cem­ber 18, 7.30pm, ad­mis­sion £5) in con­junc­tion with chil­dren from Our Lady of Lour­des Pri­mary School.

Fol­low the tour on so­cial me­dia via #MWOtin­sel­tour18.

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