War Horse is the National Theatre’s Olivier Award-winning World War I-set family drama.
War Horse is set at the outbreak of World War I, when Joey, young Albert's beloved horse, is sold to the cavalry and shipped to France. He is 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 National Theatre's epic production, War Horse is based on the celebrated novel by Children's Laureate (2003-05) Michael Morpurgo. Actors working with striking life-sized puppets by the internationally renowned Handspring Puppet Company lead the audience on a gripping journey through history.
War Horse premiered at the National Theatre in 2007, going on to win the 2008 Olivier Awards for Set Design and Choreography. Due to popular demand it was revived on the South Bank in 2008, before transferring to the New London Theatre.
National Theatre Associate Directors Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris direct War Horse. Elliott’s other credits include the acclaimed productions of Saint Joan, Pillars Of The Community and Harper Regan. Formerly the Artistic Director of the BAC, Morris’ other credits include A Matter Of Life And Death and Every Good Boy Deserves Favour.
War Horse is suitable for theatregoers aged 10 and older.
For more about War Horse at the New London theatre, read Michael Morpurgo's exclusive article, learn more about the show with puppeteer Emily Cooper or read the Big Interview with former cast member Nicola Stephenson.
Cast & Creatives
- Gareth Aled, Nigel Allen, Antony Antunes, Derek Arnold, Oliver Beamish, Richard Booth, Alistair Brammer, Ashleigh Cheadle, Eke Chukwu, Darren Cockrill, Tamsin Fessey, Nicholas Hart, Paul Hawkyard, Tom Hodgkins, Jamie Kenna, Andrew London, Brian Lonsdale, Joshua McCord, Dogan Mehmet, Tom Meredith, Ben Murray, Steve North, Lewis Peploe, Sergio Priftis, Jack Sandle, Ian Shaw, Michael Taibi, Zoe Thorne, Emma Thornett, Josie Walker, Brendan Wall, Sam Wilmott, Sion Daniel Young, Alex Avery, Ewen Cummins, Pieter Lawman, William Rycroft
- Adapted by
- Nick Stafford from the novel by Michael Morpurgo
- Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris
- Music by
- John Tams
- National Theatre and National Angels
- Toby Sedgwick
- Lighting Designer
- Paule Constable
- Christopher Shutt
New London Theatre
- Drury Lane, London, United Kingdom, WC2B 5PF
- 0844 412 4654
- Official site
- Nearest tube
- Holborn/Covent Garden (300m)
- Nearest bus
- 1, 4, 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 26, 59, 68, 76, 77A, 91, 139, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 243, 341, 521, X68
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- This venue accepts Theatre Tokens
- How to book
- TEL DISABLED ACCESS ONLY 0844 412 4648 (Wheelchair Bookings) EMAIL email@example.com
- All disabled theatregoers and their companions pay half the current top price.
- Limited mobility
- You are welcome to use the lift (see above). Row I and J and aisle seats in the Stalls have the most legroom. Book early for an aisle seat.
- Access description
- No steps through double swing doors into the foyer. Box Office to the right with lowered counter. Escalator up from the main foyer to the mezzanine level and then a further 32 steps up to the Stalls, or 41 to the rear Stalls. 65 steps up to the Dress Circle (3 steep steps between rows). Venue is carpeted throughout and all staircases are highlighted with handrails on either side.
- Hearing impaired
- Infra-red system with 6 headsets and 2 neckloops. Headsets can be collected from the front desk. Deposit required. Occasional sign language interpreted performances – check with Box Office.
- Guide dogs policy
- Guide dogs are not allowed into the auditorium, however staff are happy to dog-sit (maximum of 2 guide dogs per performance) in the management office.
- No steps to the Stalls area of the auditorium, via a lift (for disabled patrons only) inside the stage door on Parker Mews. Please ask a member of Front of House Staff to accompany you. There is a steep ramp over 2 steps to the lift entrance (58cm wide). From the lift there are 2 swing doors via the backstage area into the auditorium. There are 2 spaces for a wheelchair users at S1 and S2 in the Stalls, companions can sit next to you. Scooter users can access the main foyer, but have to transfer to the theatre's wheelchair to access the auditorium. A maximum of 1 scooter and 2 wheelchair transfer spaces available to aisle or rear stall seats. Wheelchairs will be stored in the Green Room, scooters in foyer.
- Toilets at foyer (level access), Stalls and Dress Circle level.
- Disabled toilets
- Adapted toilet en route from the lifts to the auditorium.
- 1 licensed bars. No steps from the lift to Bar (counter height 1m). Alternatively the bar can be reached by either the escalator or 54 steps up from the entrance foyer. Moveable seating. All drinks can be brought to disabled customers in the auditorium.
- This venue accepts Theatre Tokens