Inside the Horse with Puppetry Assistant Jimmy Grimes

Go behind the scenes at the international blockbuster War Horse.

11am, Saturday 26 October 2013

War Horse puppets and puppeteers

Inside the Horse with Puppetry Assistant Jimmy Grimes

Find out how this spectacular and ingenious show was developed - from original concept, through workshops, to first performances, and then to productions around the world.

Assistant Puppetry Director Jimmy Grimes shows us how the horses work, and gives us a look inside professional puppeteering for a hit show.


Photo by Brinkhoff/Mögenburg


  • War Horse
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  • Three Days poster with title_v2
  • Our Country's Good: illustration of a figure in the distance with a manacle on the fore-ground
  • People, Places and Things. Superimposed photo of a woman's head with her face repeated twice, once in red once blue
  • Jane Eyre. Woman in a pale dress with an image of flames projected onto her
  • National Youth Theatre: Consensual.  2 teenagers in school uniform, one with her hand over the boys mouth
  • National Youth Theatre: Wuthering Heights, Title in black, over a photo of a young woman dancing in a nightclub
  • National Youth Theatre: The Merchant of Venice, Title in white, over a B&W photo of a V for Vendetta mask
  • Husbands and Sons. Photo of Anne-Marie Duff
  • The Comedy of Errors. Watercolour illustration
  • As You Like It. Photo of Rosalie Craig
  • Waste. Image: Charcoal on paper a man's head, smudged, by Valentin van der Meulen. ‘Untitled 07’. 2013.
  • I  Want My Hat Back. Cartoon animals in black agaist an orange background
  • Evening at the Talk House. A decomposing dessert on a cake stand
  • Here We Go, shadowy, blurred figures, blue against a white background
  • - a grinning cartoon cat