War Horse

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War Horse is a collaboration between the National Theatre and Handspring Puppet Company that has now been seen across the globe. To date the show has been seen on Broadway, Canada, Across Australia, on tour across the USA, in Berlin, in the Netherlands, and most recently in South Africa.

Set against the turbulent times of the First World War, War Horse is the story of a boy (Albert) and his horse (Joey). It is a relationship that will see one follow the other into the depths of no-mans land in an attempt to bring his horse home safely. Audiences journey from Albert’s hometown of rural Devon to the trenches of First World War France.

War Horse is one of the most amazing theatrical spectacles on stage today. Working with life-sized puppets, this astonishing group of actors bring not only one horse to life but an entire cavalry regiment!

This is an intimate tale that will have even the most hardened theatre-goer in tears. Internationally acclaimed and awarded it is a must see on anyone’s theatre schedule.

It takes a team of 14 craftsmen 9 months to create a set of horses for War Horse. A new set is required for each major international production.

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Joey as a foal head – Sarah Mardel
Joey as a foal heart – Ellie Burrow or Jack Parker
Joey as a foal hind – Jack parker or Ellie Burrow
Joey head – Ruth Rogers or David Grewcock or Stephen Harper
Joey heart – Thomas Wilton or Shaun McKee or Stuart Angel
Joey hind – Matthew Forbes or Eily Cooper or Thomas Goodridge
Topthorn head – Curtis Jordan or David Grewcock or Stephen Harper
Topthorn heart – Nicholas Karimi or Stuart Angell or Shaun McKee
Topthorn hind – Matt Costain or Emily Cooper or Thomas Goodridge
Coco – Jack Parker and David Walmsley
Heine – Christian Jenner and Mat Ruttle
Arthur Narracott/Sergeant Thunder – Nigel Betts
Captain Nicholls – Nicholas Bishop
John Greig – Joshua Blake
Nurse Annie Gilbert – Hannah Boyde
Paulette – Pascale Burgess
Chapman Carter/Col. Strauss/Soldat Schmidt – Ewen Cummins
David Taylor – Danny Dalton
Unteroffizier Klebb/Sentry Shaw – Salvatore D’Aquila
Geordie – Stephen Harper, Nicholas Karimi or Shaun McKee
Dr Wilhelm Schweyk/Sgt Fine – Christian Jenner
Emilie – Sarah Mardel
Albert Narracott – Jack Monaghan
Sergeant Allan/Johann Schnabel/Soldat Manfred – Malcolm Ridley
Kavallerie Hauptmann / Friedrich Muller – Patrick Robinson
Song Man – Saul Rose
Thomas Bone – Mat Ruttle
Captain Stewart/Rudi – William Rycroft
Fiddle Player – Eliot Short
Priest/Gefreiter Karl/Veterinary Officer Martin – Anthony Shuster
Rose Narracott – Nicola Stephenson
Billy Narracott/Ludwig – David Walmsley
Ted Narracott – Andy Williams
The Goose – Emily Cooper or Stephen Harper or Curtis Jordan

Based on a novel by Michael Morpurgo
Adapted by Nick Stafford
In association with Handspring Puppet Company
Directed by Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris
Designer/Drawings – Rae Smith
Puppet Design and Fabrication – Basil Jones & Adrian Kohler
Lighting Design by Paule Constable
Director of Movement and Horse Choreography – Toby Sedgwick
Puppetry Directors – Basil Jones & Adrian Kohler
Video Design by Leo Warner and Mark Grimmer for Fifty-Nine Productions Ltd
Music by Adrian Sutton
Songmaker – John Tams
Sound Designer – Christopher Shutt
Puppetry Consultant – Mervyn Millar
Associate Director – Alex Sims
Associate Puppetry Director – Finn Caldwell
Resident Director – Kathryn Ind
Puppetry Associate – Toby Olie
Movement & Horse Choreography Assistant – Robin Guiver
Music Director – Martin Lowe
Casting by Lucy Jenkins CDG & Sooki McShane CDG
Original Casting by Alastair Coomer CDG
Company Voice & Dialect Work – Jacquie Crago
Fight Director – Kate Waters
German and French Language Coach – Simon Scardifield
Production Photographer – Simon Annand

Genius isn’t too strong a word to describe this astonishing production.
Daily Telegraph

Be sure not to miss this stunning show.
The Times

I wept like a baby through War Horse at the National, and again all through this transfer.
Sunday Times

The show has adapted perfectly well to the New London stage, but, in essence, it signifies a return to the Victorian theatre of spectacle.
Michael Billington, The Guardian

2007 Evening Standard Awards
Best Design (Rae Smith and the Handspring Puppet Company)

2007 Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards
Best Designer (Basil Jones, Adrian Kohler, Rae Smith, and the Handspring Puppet Company, winner)

2008 Laurence Olivier Awards
Best Set Design (Rae Smith, Basil Jones and Adrian Kohler)
Best Theatre Choreographer (Toby Sedgwick)

2011 Drama League Awards
Distinguished Production of a Play

2011 Tony Awards
Best Play
Best Direction of a Play (Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris)
Best Scenic Design of a Play (Rae Smith)
Best Lighting Design of a Play (Paule Constable)
Best Sound Design of a Play (Christopher Shutt)
In addition, Adrian Kohler and Basil Jones of Handspring Puppet Company won the Special Tony Award for War Horse.

2011 Drama Desk Awards
Outstanding Play

2011 Outer Critics Circle Awards
Outstanding New Broadway Play
Outstanding Director of a Play (Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris)
Outstanding Lighting Design (Paule Constable)
In addition, Adrian Kohler and Basil Jones of Handspring Puppet Company won the Outer Critics Circle Special Achievement Award, for “Puppet Design, Fabrication and Direction for War Horse“.

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