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West End War Horse Now Booking to October 2011

By New York City
A scene from War Horse
(© Simon Annand)
A scene from War Horse
(© Simon Annand)
The National Theatre's production of Michael Morpurgo's War Horse, adapted by Nick Stafford, playing at the West End's New London Theatre, is now booking through October 22, 2011. 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 company currently features Jacob Anderson, Matthew Aubrey, James Barriscale, Nigel Betts, Andrew Bridgmont, Matthew Burgess, Emily Cooper, Vanessa Faye-Stanley, Matthew Forbes, Ross Green, David Grewcock, Robin Guiver, Stephen Harper, Nicolas Karimi, Sarah Mardel, Jess Murphy, Eamonn O'Dwyer, Toby OIie, David Ononokpono, Ian Piears, Malcolm Ridley, Ruth Rogers, William Rycroft, Abdul Salis, Rachel Sanders, Anthony Shuster, Perri Snowden, Ben Thompson, Zubin Varla, Andy Williams, and Thomas Wilton.

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.


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