War Horse
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 and 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.

Please note: latecomers will not be admitted until a suitable break.

Daily Telegraph, The Times, Daily Mail, Sunday Times, Mail on Sunday, Sunday Express

"Genius isn't too strong a word to describe this astonishing production"
Daily Telegraph

"These extraordinary life-size creations are a revelation"
Daily Telegraph

"Be sure not to miss this stunning show"
The Times

"Stunning proof that theatre's alive and kicking"
The Times

"War Horse proves a rare winner"
Evening Standard

"If ever a piece of theatre worked magic then it must be War Horse"
Evening Standard

"Magical production of the First World War tearjerker"
Evening Standard

"Thoroughbred theatre"
Time Out

"An evening of huge emotional heft"
Sunday Times

"A uniquely moving spectacle"
Daily Mail

"The most moving and spectacular play in London"
Sunday Express

"The theatrical event of the decade"
Sunday Times

"By focusing on a horse, brought to jaw-dropping life by Handspring Puppets, [War Horse] brought home the horrors of war to even the jaded."
The Times

"One of the truly great theatrical productions of recent times."
Sunday Times

War Horse has announced its final extension in the West End, confirming that the final performance at the New London Theatre will be 12 March 2016.

Author Michael Morpurgo had these words to share;
"So Joey needs a rest. After an 8 year run in London, first at the National Theatre then at The New London, it is time to be put out to grass, time for a breather. It has been hard work, but wonderful work. No National Theatre play has played to more people, has travelled the world so widely as War Horse.
Great things from small beginnings grow. Tom Morris and Marianne Eliott dared to take a children's book, and not a well own or successful one either, about a horse and a boy in the First World War, and make a play of it with puppets.
But what puppets! Between them, the National Theatre and Handspring Puppet Company have transformed the use of puppetry in theatre. Then they wove into their play the design of Rae Smith, the music of Adrian Sutton and John Tams, glorious lighting and sound, and spent two risky years putting the show together.
The result, after a stuttering start, was an iconic play, but not simply a play, certainly not a musical, a show like no other, with puppets at its heart.
It has moved millions in London and all over the world. Vast numbers of children have been to see the show, in families and school groups, and will never forget it. How great to see the theatre always full of people of all generations, all caught up in the story playing out before them, in a show once called 'the greatest anthem to peace ever seen on a stage.'
So many have played their part in the making of this play, in the telling of the story on stage, over the years, hundreds of wonderful actors amongst them. The book is now rather better known, but through the play. So the Bard was right when he wrote the line; 'the play's the thing.' And the play, like the book, goes on.
It is playing now in Beijing, then Shanghai, and in 2017 will return for another tour of the UK. Then who knows? Joey will be up for it. He may even come back to London one day. Hope so. But London is a busy place for a horse, and he is getting on a bit, like me.
For now, from March of next year, he needs a bit of a rest back in his meadow in Devon. He'll be able to see the swallows again, skimming over the fields in the summer, the heron rising off the river, and the kingfisher flying by. And I'll be looking after him, I promise you. Means a lot to me that horse. Means a lot to a lot of people, an awful lot."


War Horse, the National Theatre's acclaimed stage production has released over 150,000 new tickets for sale taking bookings for the West End production into 2016. In its eighth year, and having now been seen by over 6 million worldwide, a new cast of 26 actors and 12 puppeteers have joined the company, led by the show's equine star Joey. War Horse recently completed sell-out dates in South Africa visiting Johannesburg and Cape Town and has now returned to the UK where it will complete a record-breaking national tour in Bristol next month.

The new West End cast comprises James Backway (Albert Narracott), Phillip Bertioli (Joey/Topthorn Heart), Ken Bradshaw (Priest/Gefreiter Karl), Adrian Christopher (Topthorn Head), Matthew Churcher (Joey/Topthorn Hind), Clare Louise Connolly (Baby Joey/Emilie), Alasdair Craig (Friedrich Muller), Harry De Moraville (Thomas Bone), Drew Dillon (Goose/Klebb), James Duncan (Joey/Topthorn Head), Nick Figgis (Dr Schweyk/Vet Martin), Patrick Fleming (Rudi), Keiran Flynn (Sergeant Fine/Col Strauss), Alan Francis (Sergeant Thunder), Colm Gormley (Ted), Dominic Hodson (Captain Nicholls), Ian Houghton (Sergeant Allan/Manfred), Mark Jackson (Captain Stewart), Simon Jenkins (Billy Narracott/Ludwig), Jamie Lee-Morgan (Joey Head), Nyron Levy (Topthorn Heart), Kate Marlais (Annie Gilbert), Shaun McCourt (Joey Hind), Tony McGeever (David Taylor), Jayne Mckenna (Rose Narracott), Chris Milford (Joey Heart), Gary Mitchinson (Joey/Topthorn Hind), Thomas Mittleheuser (Ensemble), Ben Murray (Songperson/musician), Markus Schabbing (Joey/Topthorn Head), Adam Henderson Scott (John Greig/Geordie), Alisdair Simpson (Chapman Carter/Soldat Schmidt), James Alexander Taylor (Joey/Topthorn Heart), Emma Thornett (Baby Joey/Paulette), Lowri Walton (Ensemble), Scarlet Wilderink (Baby Joey), Sam Willmott (Topthorn Hind) and Simon Wolfe (Arthur Narracott).

A Chinese-language production of War Horse will open in autumn 2015 at the National Theatre of China's theatre in Beijing and will then tour across China. In August last year, the BBC War Horse Prom was staged at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the centenary commemorations of World War One.

War Horse continues at the New London Theatre, and is now booking to 13 February 2016.


Tickets are now on sale for War Horse for the period up to 14 Feb 2015.

The play originally opened at the National Theatre in 2007 and recently celebrated its 2000th performance. It received numerous five-star reviews including the Daily Telegraph ("Genius isn't too strong a word to describe this astonishing production"), The Times ("So exhilarating that it makes you rejoice to be alive. Sweeping drama of extraordinary power... Its sheer skill and invention are simply awe-inspiring"* and The Metro ("Electrifying... Superlative puppets bring Joey and other animals to life in ways that are often extremely moving. A family show that's going to be hard to beat").

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Type of production: Play

Opened: 28 March 2009

Booking until: 12 March 2015

Running time: 2 hrs 40 mins

Prices: £20.00 - £129.00

Author / playwright: Michael Morpurgo

Director: Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris