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War Horse at the National Theatre

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The National Theatre’s Olivier Award-winning World War I-set family drama. Read More >

War Horse is the National Theatre’s Olivier Award-winning World War I-set family drama.

War Horse is set at the outbreak of World War I, when Joey, young Albert’s beloved horse, is sold to the cavalry and shipped to France. He is soon caught up in enemy fire, and fate takes him on an extraordinary odyssey, serving on both sides before finding himself alone in no man’s land. But Albert cannot forget Joey and, still not old enough to enlist, he embarks on a treacherous mission to find him and bring him home.

The National Theatre’s epic production, War Horse is based on the celebrated novel by Children’s Laureate (2003-05) Michael Morpurgo. Actors working with striking life-sized puppets by the internationally renowned Handspring Puppet Company lead the audience on a gripping journey through history.

War Horse premiered at the National Theatre in 2007, going on to win the 2008 Olivier Awards for Set Design and Choreography. Due to popular demand it was revived on the South Bank in 2008, before transferring to the New London Theatre.

National Theatre Associate Directors Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris direct War Horse. Elliott’s other credits include the acclaimed productions of Saint Joan, Pillars Of The Community and Harper Regan. Formerly the Artistic Director of the BAC, Morris’ other credits include A Matter Of Life And Death and Every Good Boy Deserves Favour.

War Horse is suitable for theatregoers aged 10 and older.

For more about War Horse at the New London theatre, read Michael Morpurgo’s exclusive article, learn more about the show with puppeteer Emily Cooper or read the Big Interview with former cast member Nicola Stephenson.


Important Dates & Timing

Previews From: 28/03/2009

Opening Night: 03/04/2009

Booking Until: 12/03/2016

Running time: 2h40

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Cast & Creative


James Backway, Philip Bertioli, Ken Bradshaw, Alasdair Craig, Adrian Christopher, Matthew Churcher, Clare Louise Connolly, Drew Dillon, James Duncan, Nick Figgis, Patrick Fleming, Keiran Flynn, Alan Francis, Colm Gormley, Dominic Hodson, Adam Henderson Scott, Ian Houghton, Mark Jackson, Simon Jenkins, Nyron Levy, Shaun McCourt, Tony McGeever, Jayne McKenna, Kate Marlais, Chris Milford, Gary Mitchinson, Thomas Mittelheuser, Harry De Moraville, Jamie Lee-Morgan, Markus Schabbing, Alisdair Simpson, James ALexander-Taylor, Emma Thornett, Lowri Walton, Scarlet Wilderink, Sam Wilmott, Simon Wolfe


Director - Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris

Producer - National Theatre and National Angels

Designer - Rae Smith. Puppet design by Basil Jones and Adrian Kohler

Choreographer - Toby Sedgwick

Lighting Designer - Paule Constable

Sound - Christopher Shutt

Music By - John Tams

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