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War Horse

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About the Show Less...

Actors and puppets combine to tell the story of a boy on a mission to bring his horse home from the fighting in World War I. Read More >

War HorseAt the outbreak of World War I, Albert’s horse Joey is sold to the cavalry and shipped to France, where fate decrees he spends time serving on both sides before ending up in no man’s land. Joey looms large in Albert’s mind and, not old enough to enlist, Albert sets off on a treacherous mission to bring him home.

The National Theatre’s winter epic for 2007 is based on Michael Morpurgo’s novel, and features actors performing alongside life-sized puppets from Handspring Puppet Company.

The production is suitable for theatregoers aged 12 and older.

For more about this production read The First Night Feature or watch our first night video report.


Important Dates & Timing

Previews From: 09/10/2007

Opening Night: 17/10/2007

Closing Night: 14/02/2008

Running time: 2h25

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Cast & Creative


Jamie Ballard, Alice Barclay, Jason Barnett, Finn Caldwell, Paul Chequer, Thomas Goodridge, Thusitha Jayasundera, Gareth Kennerley, Rachel Leonard, Tim Lewis, Tommy Luther, Emily Mytton, Toby Olie, Toby Sedgwick, Ashley Taylor-Rhys, Luke Treadaway, Alan Williams


Director - Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris

Producer - National Theatre in association with Handspring Puppet Company

Designer - Rae Smith

Lighting Designer - Paule Constable

Sound - Christopher Shutt

Author - Based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo, adapted by Nick Stafford

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