The National Theatre’s acclaimed production of War Horse, begins a major tour of the UK on September 15 2017 at the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury, and comes to the Brighton Centre from January 25 – February 10, 2018.
The National Tour also includes runs in Bristol, Liverpool, Oxford, Bradford and Nottingham. Tickets go on sale at each venue on February 8, 2016.
The tour coincides with the Centenary commemorations of the end of the First World War and follows the production’s enormously successful tour of the UK and Ireland in 2013-2014.
War Horse, has been seen by over seven million people worldwide, and will complete its record-breaking eight year London run at the New London Theatre on March 12, 2016.
It has won 25 awards including the Tony Award for Best Play on Broadway.
Directed by Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris, Nick Stafford’s adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s remarkable story of courage, loyalty, and friendship, is about a young boy called Albert and his horse Joey, is set against the backdrop of the First World War and is the most successful play in the National Theatre’s history.
It features ground-breaking puppetry work by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, which brings breathing, galloping horses to life on stage.
War Horse received its world premiere on October 9, 2007 at the National Theatre, where it played for two seasons before opening at the New London Theatre in March 2009.
Since then, it has has been seen in 97 cities in 10 countries, including productions on Broadway, in Toronto and Berlin, with touring productions in the UK and Ireland, North America, the Netherlands and Belgium. A Chinese-language production opened in Beijing last year, and is currently running in Shanghai.
Author Michael Morpurgo, said: “After a few months rest, out at pasture, Joey, the War Horse and his great team from the National Theatre, will be touring the UK again, from 2017 through to 2018 and the centenary of the end of the First World War, taking their show all over the country, to towns and cities, many of them places War Horse has not been seen before. I am so pleased this is happening; that so many more people will have the chance to enjoy this unique theatrical event. Steady boy, steady Joey. Trot on!”
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 for 59 Productions, song maker John Tams, music by Adrian Sutton and sound by Christopher Shutt.
War Horse is produced on tour by the National Theatre.
War Horse National Tour Schedule:
September 15 – October 14, 2017: Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury October 18 – November 11, 2017: Bristol Hippodrome November 15 – December 2, 2017: Empire Theatre, Liverpool December 13, 2017 – January 6, 2018: New Theatre, Oxford January 25 – February 10, 2018: Brighton Centre February 14 – March 10, 2018: Bradford Alhambra March 14 – April 7, 2018: Nottingham Concert Hall
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