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War Horse

March 25 - April 5, 2025

A landmark theatre event


Why See War Horse?

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Galloping Back To Stages

Public On Sale - Thursday, February 28th

The stunning international smash hit and audience favourite War Horse gallops back onto stages across the country. Based on Michael Morpurgo's heartbreaking novel and featuring the incredible talents of South Africa's Handspring Puppet Company, War Horse has conquered the globe with its breathtaking fusion of drama and innovative awe-inspiring puppetry.

With its incredible life-sized, life-like horse puppets and moving plot, War Horse stole the show, quite literally, when it first opened back on the West End in 2009 - even warranting a royal visit by the Queen herself! Since then, War Horse has toured extensively, including places like China, the USA, and Belgium, bringing Michael Morpurgo's heartbreaking story to the far corners of the globe.

What is War Horse about?

World War One has just begun and young Albert's beloved horse Joey is sold to the cavalry and shipped to France. As Joey becomes caught up in enemy fire, fate takes him on an extraordinary journey, serving both British and German soldiers, experiencing peace on a French farm, before finding himself stranded in No Man's Land. Meanwhile, at home in England, Albert cannot forget Joey, and so illegally enlists in the army, embarking on a dangerous mission to France to bring him back home.

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Opening night: 25 March 2025


This production uses strobe lighting.

Cast and Creative


Rianna Ash - Joey/Topthorn head 
Alexander Ballinger - Friedrich/Allan
Diany Bandza - Emilie/Baby Joey
Eloise Beaumont-Wood - Baby Joey
Ike Bennett - David Taylor/Thomas Bone
Haydn Burke - Billy Narracott/Heine/Klebb
Sophie Cartman - Matron Callaghan
Jo Castleton - Rose Narracott
Owen Dagnall - Geordie
Alexandra Donnachie - Joey/Topthorn head
Felicity Donnelly - Joey/Topthorn hind
Tom Gilbey - Sergeant Fine
Thomas Goodridge - Joey/Topthorn hind
Karl Haynes - Ted Narracott
Robin Hayward  - Joey/Topthorn heart
Michael Larcombe - Joey/Topthorn hind
Matthew Lawrence - Joey/Topthorn head),
Madeleine Leslay - Paulette/Sarah Carter
Jack Lord - Klausen
Damian Lynch - Carter/Strauss
Lewis McBean - Joey/Topthorn heart
Chris Milford - Joey/Tophorn heart
Jordan Paris - Baby Joey
Anne-Marie Piazza - Nell Allan/Schnabel
Tea Poldervaart - Joey/Topthorn head
Lucy Thorburn - Jenny Bone/Annie Gilbert
Gareth Radcliffe - Arthur Narracott/Sergeant Thunder
Daniel Rock - Captain Stewart/Ludwig
Tom Sturgess - Albert Narracott
Alistair So - Vet Martin
Simon Stanhope - Manfred
Gun Suen - Joey/Topthorn hind
Sally Swanson - The Singer
Chris Williams - Lieutenant Nicholls/Dr Schewyk
Rafe Young - Joey/Topthorn heart


Written by Marianne Elliott, Tom Morris and Nick Stafford
Directed by Tom Morris
Revival Director Katie Henry
Designs by Rae Smith
Additional Music by Adrian Sutton.
Puppet design and Fabrication by Basil Jones and Adrian Kohler
Lighting design by Rob Casey,
Movement and Horse Choreography by Toby Sedgwick
Puppet Direction by Matthew Forbes.
Animation and Projection Design is by Nicol Scott
Songmaking by John Tams
Sound Design is by Christopher Shutt
Casting is by Jill Green
Associate Design by Will Fricker

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