Photos of War Horse’s Joey and author Michael Morpurgo visiting the poppies at the Tower of London

Joey star of War Horse at the Tower of London, photo by Alex Rumford

Joey star of War Horse at the Tower of London, photo by Alex Rumford

The extraorindary poppies installation at the Tower of London had some special visitors on Sunday (20 October 2014).

The author of War Horse, Michael Morgurgo, visited the Tower along with Joey, the life-size horse puppet and star of War Horse at the New London Theatre.

The poppies art installation at the Tower of London is called Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red and marks one hundred years since the first full day of Britain’s involvement in the First World War. Created by ceramic artist Paul Cummins, with setting by stage designer Tom Piper, 888,246 ceramic poppies have been progressively filling the Tower’s famous moat over the summer. Each poppy represents a British military fatality during the war and each of the poppies is available to buy online for £25 (+p&p) with 10% of profits and all net proceeds being donated to six service charities. The installation will end on 11 November 2015, one hundred years since the start of the First World War.

Based on a novel by Michael Morpurgo, War Horse is adapted by Nick Stafford and presented in association with Handspring Puppet Company. Directed by Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris, it is designed by Rae Smith, lighting is by Paule Constable and movement and horse choreography by Toby Sedgwick. The puppetry directors are Basil Jones and Adrian Kohler, with video design by 59 Productions Ltd, song-making by John Tams, music by Adrian Sutton and sound by Christopher Shutt.

LINKS

For more information on Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red at the Tower of London, please visit www.poppies.hrp.org.uk

BOOK

Book tickets to WAR HORSE at the New London Theatre