War Horse at the New London Theatre

New London Theatre, Drury Lane, London, WC2B 5PW

War Horse is the National Theatre’s epic, Olivier Award-winning World War I family drama based on the celebrated novel by Michael Morpurgo and featuring actors working with life-sized puppets.

War Horse, based on the beloved novel by Michael Morpurgo, is a powerful, moving and imaginative drama.

Magnificent puppets from the Handspring Puppet Company bring breathing, galloping, full-scale horses to life on stage in this theatrical tour de force which has taken the world by storm.

Experience the emotional journey that charges through the battlefields of history in this heart-pounding, epic play.

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.


War Horse follows the story of young Albert and his beloved horse, Joey. At the outbreak of World War I, Joey is sold to the cavalry and shipped to France, where he is caught up in enemy fire and goes on an extraordinary odyssey, serving on both sides of battle before finding himself in no man’s land. But back in England Albert cannot forget Joey and, although not old enough to enlist into the army, he embarks on a death-defying mission to find his horse and bring him home.


“A landmark theatre event” Time Magazine
“Genius isn’t too strong a word to describe this astonishing production”. Daily Telegraph
“A uniquely moving spectacle” Daily Mail

War Horse opened at the New London Theatre on 3 April 2009 (previews from 28 March 2009).

The final performance of War Horse will be 12 March 2016.