Classic tale will be brought to the stage for the first time

PUBLISHED: 17:13 12 July 2012

Black Beauty is set to be performed in Ingatestone

Black Beauty is set to be performed in Ingatestone

Copyright Simon Dewhurst Photography Ltd 2008

»A spectacular open-air production of Black Beauty is set to tour the UK this summer and heads to Brentwood next week.

It is set to be performed in Ingatestone Hall on Wednesday July 18.

This is the first time the hugely popular Anna Sewell tale has been adapted for the stage.

Produced by award-winning BBC Playwright Susannah Daley and PEEL Heritage, the story has been carefully adapted by James Stone in order to bring to life the story of one of the world’s most famous fictional horses.

Black Beauty was written in 1877 and was the only published novel of Anna Sewell who died five months after it was first printed.

Although a favourite with children around the world, it was not written as a children’s book but as a tale to bring attention to the mistreatment of working horses at the time.

This ground-breaking novel was the first to be written from an animal’s perspective and is recognised today as playing a key role in the launch of the Animal Welfare Movement.

Producer Susannah Daley said: “One of the biggest challenges was how to bring the horses to life and also allow them to be the central story. Modern design, technology, choreography and theatrical production techniques have enabled us to bring the story to a contemporary audience.”

Tickets for the show are £10 for children, £16.50 to £18.95 for adults and £48 to £55 for a family ticket and are available from 0844 871 7604.

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