War Horse, the National Theatre’s epic Olivier Award winning production is to close in the West End with the final performance on 12 March 2016 at the New London Theatre.

Based on Michael Morpurgo’s celebrated novel, the World War I family drama featuring actors working with life-sized puppets has been a sensational hit, becoming the most successful play in the history of the National Theatre. Producer Chris Harper said: “War Horse has wowed audiences around the world, and we are incredibly proud of what the show has achieved over the last eight extraordinary years.” The show, which has won 25 major awards, will have played over 3,000 performances and been seen by over 2.7 million people in London.

Morpurgo called it “a show like no other, with puppets at its heart”, adding: “It has moved millions in London and all over the world.”

War Horse is based on a novel by Michael Morpurgo, adapted by Nick Stafford and directed by Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris. The play is designed by Rae Smith, with puppet direction, design and fabrication by Basil Jones and Adrian Kohler for Handspring Puppet Company, lighting by Paule Constable, and movement and horse choreography by Toby Sedgwick, with video design by Leo Warner and Mark Grimmer, songmaker John Tams, music by Adrian Sutton and sound by Christopher Shutt.

A major UK tour of War Horse will begin in autumn 2017, as the country prepares to mark the final centenary year of the First World War, with details to be announced.

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