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War Horse

Based on the beloved novel by Michael Morpurgo
Adapted by Nick Stafford
A co-production with Michael Harrison, Fiery Angel, and Playing Field.

Booking and details

From 5 September
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The global phenomenon returns

Our acclaimed production returns in an all-new UK tour. War Horse is an unforgettable theatrical experience which takes audiences on an extraordinary journey from the fields of rural Devon to the trenches of First World War France, in a remarkable story of courage, loyalty and friendship.

Based on the beloved novel by Michael Morpurgo, adapted by Nick Stafford and directed by Tom Morris, this powerfully moving and imaginative drama, filled with stirring music and songs, is a show of phenomenal inventiveness. At its heart are astonishing life-sized horses by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, who bring breathing, galloping, charging horses to thrilling life on stage.

At the outbreak of World War I, Joey, young Albert’s beloved horse, is sold to the Cavalry and shipped to France. He’s soon caught up in enemy fire, and fate takes him on an extraordinary journey, serving on both sides before finding himself alone in No Man’s Land. Albert, who remained on his parents’ Devon farm, cannot forget Joey. Though still not old enough to enlist, he embarks on a treacherous mission to find Joey and bring him home.

Further venues and dates to be announced.

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Two life-sized puppets of horses, being made to rear up on their hind legs by their teams of three puppet handlers for each horse.
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Suitability

Age recommendation: 10+
This production contains loud sound effects, flashing lights and strobe lighting.

Cast

To be announced

2024-26 Tour Production team

Author

Michael Morpurgo

Adapter

Nick Stafford

Director

Tom Morris

Tom Morris

Revival Director

Katie Henry

Designer / Drawings

Rae Smith

Puppet Design and Fabrication

Basil Jones for Handspring Puppet Company

Puppet Design and Fabrication

Adrian Kohler for Handspring Puppet Company

Lighting Designer

Rob Casey for Ammonite

Rob Casey for Ammonite

Director of Movement and Horse Choreography

Toby Sedgwick

Puppetry Director

Matthew Forbes

Animation and Projection Design

Nicol Scott for 59 Productions Ltd

Music

Adrian Sutton

Adrian Sutton

Songmaker

John Tams

Sound Designer

Christopher Shutt

Christopher Shutt

Casting Director

Jill Green CDG

Associate Designer

Will Fricker

Original Production team

Author

Michael Morpurgo

Adapter

Nick Stafford

Director

Tom Morris

Tom Morris

Director

Marianne Elliott

Designer / Drawings

Rae Smith

Puppet Design and Fabrication

Basil Jones for Handspring Puppet Company

Puppet Design and Fabrication

Adrian Kohler for Handspring Puppet Company

Lighting Designer

Paule Constable

Paule Constable

Director of Movement and Horse Choreography

Toby Sedgwick

Original Animation and Projection Design

Leo Warner for 59 Productions Ltd

Original Animation and Projection Design

Mark Grimmer for 59 Productions Ltd

Music

Adrian Sutton

Adrian Sutton

Songmaker

John Tams

Sound Designer

Christopher Shutt

Christopher Shutt

 

 

War Horse at the New London Theatre photographed by Brinkhoff Mögenburg.