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On Tour: War Horse

Based on the beloved novel by Michael Morpurgo
Adapted by Nick Stafford
In association with the award-winning Handspring Puppet Company

From September 2017

UK Tour

On Tour: War Horse

Following 8 record-record breaking years in London’s West End and having played in 11 countries around the world to over 7 million people, the National Theatre’s acclaimed play War Horse will tour the UK from September 2017.

At the outbreak of World War One, 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 him and bring him home.

Based on the beloved novel by Michael Morpurgo, 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.

War Horse is an unforgettable theatrical event which takes audiences on an extraordinary journey from the fields of rural Devon to the trenches of First World War France.

Tour venues and dates

Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
15 September – 14 October 2017
Canterbury tickets & Info

Bristol Hippodrome Theatre
18 October – 11 November 2017
Bristol tickets & Info

Empire Theatre, Liverpool
15 November – 2 December 2017
Liverpool tickets & Info

New Theatre, Oxford
13 December 2017 – 6 January 2018
Oxford tickets & Info

Brighton Centre
25 January – 10 February 2018
Brighton tickets & Info

Bradford Alhambra Theatre
14 February – 10 March 2018
Bradford tickets & Info

Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
14 March – 7 April 2018
Nottingham tickets & Info

Edinburgh Festival Theatre
18 April 2018 – 12 May 2018
Edinburgh tickets & info

Mayflower Theatre, Southampton
16 May 2018 – 09 June 2018
Southampton tickets & info

The Lowry, Salford
13 June 2018 – 30 June 2018
Salford tickets & info

Wales Millennium Centre
04 July 2018 – 28 July 2018
Wales tickets & info

New Victoria Theatre, Woking
01 August 2018 – 18 August 2018
Woking tickets & info

Plymouth Theatre Royal
29 August 2018 – 15 September 2018
Plymouth tickets & info

Milton Keynes Theatre
19 September 2018 – 06 October 2018
Milton Keynes tickets & info

Glasgow SECC
11 January 2019 – 26 January 2019
Glasgow tickets & info

5 star rating

An entertainment phenomenon... powerfully moving and imaginative

Daily Telegraph
5 star rating

an astonishing piece of theatre

Time Out
5 star rating

The theatre event of the decade

Sunday Times

A triumph of theatricality

5 star rating

An extraordinary piece of theatre, absolutely guaranteed to move the heart

Sunday Express
5 star rating

be sure not to miss this stunning show

The Times

The most breathtaking puppetry you will ever see

Independent on Sunday

A landmark theatre event. Thrilling!


War Horse on Stage - Extended Trailer

War Horse had its first performance at the National in 2007 and transferred to London's West End in 2009, running until February 2016; it will be touring across the UK from September 2017.

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