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War Horse

War Horse

National Theatre, 2015

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.

James Alexander-Taylor

James Backway

Philip Bertioli

Ken Bradshaw

Adrian Christopher

Matthew Churcher

Clare Louise Connolly 
Alasdair Craig

Drew Dillon

James Duncan
Nick Figgis

Patrick Flemming

Keiran Flynn

Alan Francis

Colm Gormly

Dominic Hodson

Ian Houghton 
Mark Jackson

Simon Jenkins

Jamie Lee-Morgan

Nyron Levy

Shaun McCourt

Tony McGeever

Jayne McKenna

Kate Marlais

Chris Milford

Gary Mitchinson

Thomas Mittelheuser 

Harry De Moraville

Ben Murray

Markus Schabbing

Adam Henderson Scott

Alisdair Simpson

Emma Thornett

Lowri Walton

Scarlet Wilderink

Sam Wilmott

Simon Wolfe


Original Book by

Michael Morpurgo

Adaptation by

Nick Stafford


Marianne Elliot & Tom Morris

Associate Director

Andy Brunskill

Puppet Design

Handspring Puppet Co.

Puppetry Movement

Toby Sedgwick

Associate Puppetry Director

Jimmy Grimes

Set Designer

Rae Smith

Lighting Designer

Paule Constable


Adrian Sutton


John Tams

Sound Designer

Christopher Shutt


Emily Mytton


Photos & BTS



An entertainment phenomenon... powerfully moving and imaginative  

Daily Telegraph


an astonishing piece of theatre  

Time Out 


The theatre event of the decade  

Sunday Times 

A triumph of theatricality  



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

Sunday Express 


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!  




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