Cast members from the London production of War Horse participated in The National Theatre's Jubilee Salute to The Queen on Sunday, June 3 by bringing Joey (the horse puppet featured in the show) to the Olivier flytower at the National Theatre.
Now in its fourth year in the West End, Nick Stafford's adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's book currently runs at the New London Theatre. 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.
Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris direct the production, which is designed by Rae Smith, with puppet 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; 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.