The life and exceptional writing power of one of Britain's best-loved storytellers, Michael Morpurgo, will be celebrated in a new, free exhibition at the V&A Museum of Childhood this summer. Michael Morpurgo: A Lifetime in Stories will look at Morpurgo's life and writing process as well as the lives he has created for some of his remarkable characters. The Museum is delighted to announce that Joey, the original life-size West End horse puppet from the National Theatre's award-winning stage adaptation of War Horse, will be on display at the exhibition. This unique exhibition will showcase the notebooks and manuscripts that have become the classics we know today, including War Horse (1982, Egmont), Private Peaceful (2003, Harper Collins), Kensuke's Kingdom (1999, Egmont) and The Butterfly Lion (1996, Harper Collins). The exhibition will display draft manuscripts, photographs, notebooks and correspondence that chronicle Michael's creative process and writing career. Artwork loaned by some of Britain's greatest illustrators, including Sir Quentin Blake, Patrick Benson and Michael Foreman, will also be on display. The exhibition will show material relating to adaptations, in particular War Horse, first published in 1982 by Egmont. The stage show had its premier at the National Theatre in 2007 and almost 5 years later Steven Spielberg made it into a blockbusting film. The stage production has been enjoyed by over seven million people worldwide and will be on tour in the UK from September 2017; Joey was donated to the V&A by Handspring Puppet Company in 2013. A handwritten draft of War Horse will be on display, showing how the story evolved from first draft to publication of the book, to adaptation for the National Theatre and Steven Spielberg film scripts. Props from stage and film including a goose puppet, on loan from the National Theatre, and a World War I painting that inspired War Horse, by war artist F. W. Reed will also be on show.
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