Why See War Horse?
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The National Theatre's worldwide hit play is based on the celebrated novel by the Children's Laureate (2003-05) Michael Morpurgo. Actors work and interact with magnificent, life-sized animal puppets, created by the internationally renowned Handspring Puppet Company. These remarkable creations are moulded out of steel, leather and even aircraft cables, and are operated by three people, one each controlling the head, front legs and hind quarters. The horse's naturalistic movements were devised by choreographer Toby Sedgwick, which won him the 2008 Olivier Award for Best Theatre Choreography.
Since its premiere in 2007, War Horse has been seen by an estimated five million people across the globe. In 2011, it was adapted into a feature film by Steven Spielberg, starring Tom Hiddleston, Benedict Cumberbatch and Jeremy Irvine, generating a new wave of interest in the play.
What is War Horse About?
At the outbreak of World War One, young Albert's beloved horse Joey is sold to the cavalry and shipped to France. Caught up in enemy fire, fate takes him on an extraordinary odyssey, serving both British and German soldiers, and experiences peace on a French farm, before finding himself stranded in No Man's Land. Meanwhile, at home in England, Albert cannot forget Joey, and so illegally enlists in the army, embarking on a dangerous mission to France to bring him back home.
Previews from: 28 March 2009
Opening night: 3 April 2009
War Horse is suitable for 10 year olds and above.
Two hours and 40 minutes including a 15-minute intermission
Cast and Creative
James Backway as Albert Narracot
Harry De Moraville
Adam Henderson Scott
Based on a novel by Michael Morpurgo
Adapted by Nick Stafford
In association with Handspring Puppet Company
Directed by Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris
Designer/Drawings - Rae Smith
Puppet Design and Fabrication - Basil Jones & Adrian Kohler
Lighting Design by Paule Constable
Director of Movement and Horse Choreography - Toby Sedgwick
Puppetry Directors - Basil Jones & Adrian Kohler
Video Design by Leo Warner and Mark Grimmer for Fifty-Nine Productions Ltd
Music by Adrian Sutton
Songmaker - John Tams
Sound Designer - Christopher Shutt
Puppetry Consultant - Mervyn Millar
Associate Director - Alex Sims
Associate Puppetry Director - Finn Caldwell
Resident Director - Kathryn Ind
Puppetry Associate - Toby Olie
Movement & Horse Choreography Assistant - Robin Guiver
Music Director - Martin Lowe
Casting by Lucy Jenkins CDG & Sooki McShane CDG
Original Casting by Alastair Coomer CDG
Company Voice & Dialect Work - Jacquie Crago
Fight Director - Kate Waters
German and French Language Coach - Simon Scardifield
Production Photographer - Simon Annand
OLIVIER 2010 Nominations
OLIVIER AWARDS 2008
Best Theatre Choreographer (Toby Sedgwick)
Best Set Design (Rae Smith and Handspring Puppet Company at the National Theatre Olivier)
Best lighting design
Best sound design
What we thought
uplifting Emotional EXTRAORDINARY
This is a show that is without fault
War Horse is an absolute triumph that anyone with even the remotest interest in theatre should see....Read full review
What you thought
42 reviews, average rating: (4.7 Stars)
Beautiful production! Simply amazing! You have to see it to believe it.... more
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