War Horse
(© Simon Annand)
War Horse
(© Simon Annand)
The National Theatre's production of Michael Morpurgo's War Horse, adapted by Nick Stafford, will transfer to the West End's New London Theatre on March 28, with an official opening on April 3. The production is directed by Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris and presented in association with Handspring Puppet Company,

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.

The cast will feature Alice Barclay, James Barriscale, Michael Brett, Simon Bubb, Matthew Burgess, Finn Caldwell, Laura Cubitt, David Emmings, Robert Emms, Tim van Eyken, Bronagh Gallagher, Robin Guiver, Kit Harington, Stephen Harper, Bettrys Jones, Gareth Kennerley, Jane Leaney, Rachel Leonard, Tim Lewis, Colin Mace, Al Nedjari, Luke Norris, Patrick O'Kane, Toby Olié, Matthew Spencer, Nicholas Tizzard, Howard Ward, Alan Williams, and Roger Wilson.

The show is designed by Rae Smith, with puppet design and fabrication by Adrian Kohler, 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.

For more information, visit www.warhorselondon.com.