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War Horse at the Tower of London poppies

October 20, 2014 

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.

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September 23, 2014 

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War Horse at the New London Theatre

May 1, 2014 

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.

“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

THE STORY

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.

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

 

The Elephantom at the New London Theatre

April 11, 2014 

The National Theatre’s hit show The Elephantom is great fun for all the family.

Following an acclaimed and sold-out season at the National Theatre’s Shed, The Elephantom charges its way into the New London Theatre for a series of daytime performances throughout the summer.

Based on Ross Collins’ much-loved books, The Elephantom is great entertainment for young and old and uses a magical mix of puppetry, movement, dance and music to tell the story of the little girl who is unexpectedly visited by a big blue elephant.

The perfect summer treat for all the family.

THE STORY

The Elephantom is the tale of a little girl who one day finds a big blue elephant has turned up at her door. At first, the little girl is thrilled to have a ghost-elephant living in her house. He makes life so much more fun! But Elephantoms are a bit too big for houses and before long, he’s causing a lot of trouble. Come and join the fun with this intriguing story that fuels the imagination and touches the heart. The story of one little girl and her larger-than-life friend is set to get very messy indeed!

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★★★★★ “If you’re looking for something to entertain the kids, I would definitely give this go, it’s Elephantastic.” mumsnet
★★★★ “Clever simplicity” Evening Standard
★★★★ “The National Theatre has another hit on its hands.” Telegraph
★★★★ “A big heart and an even bigger imagination. Full of wit, cheek and farts.” Guardian
★★★★ “Wonderful. Anarchic.” Sunday Times
★★★★ “The National Theatre’s gloriously unsentimental new kids’ show works its puppet charms.” Time Out

Cinema screening: War Horse live from the New London Theatre

October 18, 2013 

From 27 February 2014

War Horse

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National Theatre Live will broadcast to cinemas the National Theatre’s internationally acclaimed production of War Horse, live from the New London Theatre in the West End on 27 February 2014.

Based on Michael Morpurgo’s acclaimed novel and adapted for the stage by Nick Stafford, War Horse is directed by Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris, 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.

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February 11, 2013 

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West End Production Of War Horse Now Booking To February 2014 As New Cast Members Join The Company At The New London Theatre

January 29, 2013 

The National Theatre’s internationally acclaimed stage production of War Horse today releases over 100,000 new tickets for sale for the West End production, taking booking at the New London Theatre to 15 February 2014. War Horse, which has now been seen by over 1.6million people in London and by over 3 million people worldwide, received its world premiere at the National Theatre in October 2007.

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 odyssey, serving on both sides before finding himself alone in no man’s land. But Albert cannot forget Joey and, still not old enough to enlist, he embarks on a treacherous mission to find him and bring him home.

Now celebrating its sixth year on the London stage, Nick Stafford’s adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s book continues to play to sell-out houses at the New London Theatre. The Broadway production of War Horse, which recently completed its run at the Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theater, was the winner of six Tony Awards including a Special Tony Award for Handspring Puppet Company. A North American tour of War Horse opened in Los Angeles in June 2012, and continues to tour the US throughout 2013. A new production with an all-Australian cast opened at the Melbourne Arts Centre State Theatre on 31 December 2012, and will go on to play seasons in Sydney, Brisbane and Auckland. A tour of the UK and Ireland begins in September 2013 at Plymouth Theatre Royal and a German language production opens in October 2013 at the historic Theater des Westens in Berlin.

The new West End cast, from 9 March 2013, comprises Gareth Aled (Joey/Topthorn Head), Nigel Allen (Joey/Topthorn Head), Antony Antunes (Topthorn Hind), Derek Arnold (Joey / Topthorn Hind), Alex Avery (Captain Nicholls), Oliver Beamish (Sergeant Allan), Richard Booth (Topthorn Head), Alistair Brammer (Billy Narracott), Ashleigh Cheadle (Baby Joey), Eke Chukwu (Rudi), Darren Cockrill (Joey /Topthorn Heart), Ewen Cummins (Chapman Carter / Soldat Schmidt), Tamsin Fessey (Baby Joey), Nicholas Hart (Joey Head), Paul Hawkyard (Sergeant Thunder), Tom Hodgkins (Arthur Narracott), Jamie Kenna (Ted Narracott), Pieter Lawman (John Greig), Andrew London (Joey Heart), Brian Lonsdale (Thomas Bone), Josh McCord (David Taylor), Dogan Mehmet (Songman), Tom Meredith (Goose /Unteroffizier Klebb), Ben Murray (Songman), Steve North (Dr Schweyk/ Sergeant Fine), Lewis Peploe (Joey/Topthorn Hind), Sergio Priftis (Topthorn Heart), William Rycroft (Captain Stewart), Jack Sandle (Gefreiter Karl), Ian Shaw (Friedrich Muller), Michael Taibi (Joey/Topthorn Heart), Zoe Thorne (Emilie), Emma Thornett (Baby Joey/Paulette), Josie Walker (Rose Narracott), Brendan Wall (Vet Martin/Priest/Johann Schnabel), Sam Wilmott (Joey Hind) and Sion Daniel Young (Albert Narracott).

Directed by Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris, War Horse 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 is produced in the West End by the National Theatre and National Angels.

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National Theatre’s War Horse Celebrates Fifth Anniversary

October 26, 2012 

The National Theatre’s award-winning production of War Horse last night (25 October 2012) celebrated its fifth anniversary in London with a special performance at the New London Theatre, Drury Lane. Former cast members and the show’s creative team gathered with VIPs and friends to celebrate five years on the London stage.

Since its early experimental days at the National Theatre Studio, War Horse has become a national and international phenomenon. It opened at the National’s Olivier Theatre in October 2007 and transferred to the New London in March 2009. More than 1.6 million people have seen the show in London with over 2.4 million people seeing the production worldwide. A ten month, nine-venue tour of the UK and Ireland will begin in Autumn 2013; productions of the show are currently running in New York, Toronto and on a North American tour, with future productions planned for Australia and Berlin.

Nicholas Hytner, Director of the National Theatre said: “War Horse caught the imagination of audiences from its very first outing at the National, but none of us could have foreseen that this astonishing production would still be engendering the same heartfelt response five years later. It’s a show which could only have been developed in the subsidised theatre, where the ability to risk-take and experiment is beyond price. I salute the hundreds of theatre-makers, puppeteers and artists who have been part of War Horse’s remarkable journey.”

Michael Morpurgo, author of the original novel said: “From a Devon meadow a hundred and more years ago, to the battlefields of the First World War, to London, to New York, and soon to Australia and Berlin, our Joey keeps on running. It’s five years since the National Theatre took this little known story, and transformed it, told it their way, wonderfully. Since that night in the Olivier when Joey first trotted out into the spotlight, millions of grown-up children and children around the world have come to know and love Joey’s story, through play, film, concert and book. So thank you National Theatre, thank you Joey, and thank you especially to those actors and puppeteers who go on every night and make War Horse the unique theatrical event it has become.”

Marianne Elliot and Tom Morris, co-directors of War Horse added: “We can’t believe that War Horse is celebrating its fifth anniversary. We are so proud of our show. It was a huge team that made it happen – much bigger than any of the teams either of us have worked with before or since. What we ended up with was something far greater than any one of us could have ever imagined.”

War Horse is the powerful story of a young boy called Albert and his beloved horse, Joey, who has been requisitioned to fight for the English in World War I. Caught in enemy crossfire, Joey ends up serving on both sides during the war before landing in no man’s land, while Albert, not old enough to enlist, embarks on a treacherous mission to find his horse and bring him home. A remarkable tale of courage, loyalty and friendship, War Horse features ground-breaking puppetry work by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company which brings breathing and galloping horses to life on stage.

War Horse is based on a novel by Michael Morpurgo, 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.

War Horse Facts and Figures

  • War Horse received its World Premiere at the National Theatre on 9 October 2007 (press night: 17 October) and played in the Olivier for 92 performances until 14 February 2008 and was seen by over 104,000 people.
  • War Horse returned to the National Theatre for a second run playing from 10 September 2008 – 18 March 2009 for a total of 114 performances and was seen by a further 130,000 people.
  • War Horse transferred to the West End in 2009 with its first performance at the New London Theatre on 28 March 2009.
  • War Horse is currently booking until 26 October 2013 at the New London Theatre.As of October 2012, more than 1.6 million people will have seen War Horse in London, with over 2.4 million seeing the production worldwide.
  • War Horse has been seen by The Queen, Prince Phillip, Princess Anne, Prince William and Prince Harry as well as many other famous faces from stage, screen and entertainment.
  • The New York production of War Horse opened on 14 April 2011 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater at Lincoln Center and will run until 6 January 2013.
  • Having seen the show at the New London Theatre, Steven Spielberg turned Michael Morpurgo’s novel into a film starring Jeremy Irvine, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston and Emily Watson, which premiered in January 2012.
  • The Toronto production opened in February 2012 at the Princess of Wales Theatre and will run until 6 January 2013.
  • A North American tour began in Los Angeles in June 2012 and will visit 27 cities in its first year.
  • An Australian production will open at the Melbourne Arts Centre State Theatre on 31 December 2012 and will go on to play seasons in Sydney and Brisbane.
  • In autumn 2013 a German language production will open at the historic Theater des Westens in Berlin.
  • A UK Tour will begin in Autumn 2013, visiting Plymouth, Birmingham, Salford, Edinburgh, Southampton, Sunderland, Bradford and Cardiff, and also Dublin.
  • The puppets in War Horse were created by Adrian Kohler and Basil Jones of South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, based in Cape Town. They are made of cane and stretched georgette and are operated by puppeteers.
  • War Horse has 18 puppets, including horses Joey and Topthorn, as well as a goose, two swallows and two crows.
  • Over 850 people have been employed worldwide on War Horse
  • Among its many international awards, War Horse won six Tony Awards, including ‘Best Play’ and a ‘Special Tony Award’ for Handspring Puppet Company.

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140,000 New Tickets Released For London Production Of War Horse

August 31, 2011 

The National Theatre’s Laurence Olivier award-winning production of War Horse at the New London Theatre has released 140,000 new tickets for sale, taking bookings up to 16 February 2013.

Nick Stafford’s adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s book has been playing to packed houses at the New London Theatre since March 2009. The Broadway production of War Horse, which recently opened at the Lincoln Center’s Vivien Beaumont Theatre, was the winner of six Tony Awards including a Special Tony Award for Handspring Puppet Company. A further production is due to open in February 2012 at the Princess of Wales Theatre, Toronto, with a US tour scheduled to start in Los Angeles in June 2012. Later this year Stephen Spielberg’s film version of War Horse will be released.

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 odyssey, serving on both sides before finding himself alone in no man’s land. But Albert cannot forget Joey and, still not old enough to enlist, he embarks on a treacherous mission to find him and bring him home.

Directed by Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris, War Horse is designed by Rae Smith, with puppet 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; the puppetry directors are Basil Jones and Adrian Kohler, with video design by Leo Warner and Mark Grimmer, songmaker John Tams, music by Adrian Sutton and sound by Christopher Shutt.

War Horse is produced in the West End by the National Theatre and National Angels.

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War Horse – 290,000 Tickets Released For Sale In London

June 6, 2011 

MICHAEL MORPURGO’S WEST END HIT GALLOPS INTO OCTOBER 2012

Today, 6 June, the National Theatre’s award-winning production of War Horse at the New London Theatre will release over 290,000 new tickets for sale, taking bookings up to 20 October 2012.

Nick Stafford’s adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s book has been playing to packed houses at the New London Theatre since March 2009. The Broadway production of War Horse, which recently opened at the Lincoln Center’s Vivien Beaumont Theatre, has won 8 awards as well as being nominated for 5 Tony Awards. In addition Handspring Puppet Company will receive a Special Tony Award at this year’s ceremony on 12 June.

A further production is due to open in February 2012 at the Princess of Wales Theatre, Toronto, with a US tour scheduled to start in Los Angeles in June 2012.

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 odyssey, serving on both sides before finding himself alone in no man’s land. But Albert cannot forget Joey and, still not old enough to enlist, he embarks on a treacherous mission to find him and bring him home.

Directed by Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris, War Horse is designed by Rae Smith, with puppet 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; the puppetry directors are Basil Jones and Adrian Kohler, with video design by Leo Warner and Mark Grimmer, songmaker John Tams, music by Adrian Sutton and sound by Christopher Shutt.

The current West End cast comprises Stuart Angell (Joey/Topthorn heart), Nigel Betts (Arthur Narracott/Sgt. Thunder), Nicholas Bishop (Captain Nicholls), Joshua Blake (John Greig), Hannah Boyde (Annie Gilbert), Pascale Burgess (Paulette), Ellie Burrow (Baby Joey heart/hind) Emily Cooper (Joey/ Topthorn hind/Goose), Matt Costain (Topthorn hind), Ewen Cummins (Chapman Carter/Colonel Strauss/Soldat Schmidt), Danny Dalton (David Taylor), Salvatore D’Aquilla (Klebb/Sentry Shaw), Matthew Forbes (Joey hind), Thomas Goodridge (Joey/Topthorn hind), David Grewcock (Joey/Topthorn head), Stephen Harper (Joey/Topthorn head/Goose/Geordie), Christian Jenner (Dr Schweyk/Heine/Sgt. Fine), Curtis Jordan (Topthorn head/Goose), Nicolas Karimi (Topthorn heart/Geordie), Sarah Mardel (Baby Joey head/Emilie), Shaun McKee (Joey/Topthorn heart/Geordie), Jack Monaghan (Albert Narracott), Jack Parker (Baby Joey heart/hind/Coco), Malcolm Ridley (Sgt.Allan/Schnabel/Manfred), Patrick Robinson (Friedrich Muller), Ruth Rogers (Joey head), Saul Rose (Songman), Mat Ruttle (Bone/Heine), William Rycroft (Captain Stewart/Rudi), Eliot Short (Fiddler), Anthony Shuster (Priest/Karl/Vet Martin), Nicola Stephenson (Rose Narracott), David Walmsley (Billy Narracott/Coco/Ludwig), Andy Williams (Ted Narracott) and Thomas Wilton (Joey heart).

War Horse is produced in the West End by the National Theatre and National Angels.

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