War Horse at Gillian Lynne Theatre tickets
War Horse at Gillian Lynne Theatre tickets

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Since premiering at the National Theatre back in 2007, War Horse, has taken the world by storm. Adapted for the stage by Nick Stafford from Michael Morpurgo’s bestselling novel the play famously employ’s specially made life size horse puppets created by the Handspring Puppet Company. These incredibly life like puppets, which require three puppeteers to operate them, replicate the movements of a real horse and have become something of celebrities in their own right. For example they have aided in saluting the Queen from the roof of the National Theatre on her Diamond Jubilee and have accompanied Prime Minister David Cameron on a trip to China.

Marianne Elliot’s critically acclaimed production boasts an Olivier Award winning set design by Rae Smith and original music by Adrian Sutton. The subsequent Broadway production received five Tony Awards including Best Play. This stage play has proved so successful, the story was even made into a Hollywood film directed by Steven Spielberg in 2011.

The story begins with local drunkard, Ted Narracot, attempting to out do his brother by bidding on a foal and winning. Ted’s wife is angry as the money used to buy the foal was supposed to be spent on the mortgage of the family farm. However, instantly adoring the horse, their son Albert offers to train him and ready him for sale. Albert names the foal Joey and the pair develop an unbreakable bond, even winning a near impossible ploughing bet in order to stay together.

At the outbreak of World War One, Ted sells Joey to the cavalry leaving Albert devastated, so much so he enlists under age in an attempt to be reunited with his beloved horse. The story beautifully humanizes those fighting on both sides of the war and highlights the pointless waste of live where men on horses were pitted against machines.

Stunning staging and a truly moving story will ensure this is an unforgettable experience.

Recommended for

The horse puppets are genuinely impressive and the touching story is a real tearjerker. If you enjoyed The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time then you will want to check out this other National Theatre blockbuster. This is a great show for the whole family and also a great way for children to learn about the First World War but please note this production is recommended for ages 10 + as it contains themes of War and death that younger children may find distressing.

Age Recommendations: Recommended for children 10+

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 40 minutes
Opened: 28 Mar 2009
Press night: 03 Apr 2009
Booking from: 12 Mar 2016
Booking until: 12 Mar 2016

Location and map

Gillian Lynne Theatre
166 Drury Lane
London, WC2B 5PW

51 Reviews Add review

Just to see the amazing puppetry of this performance is enough but the story is so moving it just completes it. I loved everything... More

katierose 5"7, 67 reviews, 2 helpful votes

The show was amazing and I cried real tears at the end, for the loss and the memories of such a traumatic time. Such clever staging... More

tapwhizz 168cm, 59 reviews, 4 helpful votes

It's a shame this has now left the West End as it is an incredible beautiful and skilful piece of theatre.

zh14 1.7m, 60 reviews, 22 helpful votes

Well, I don't think there are words I can use to describe & give this incredible show the justice it truly deserves. I have seen many... More

janewoodjsy 2 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Beautiful show. Visually stunning and an emotionally rich story.

parisrevans 160cm, 110 reviews, 13 helpful votes

The National Theatre always put on stunning shows with stunning props, and this is no exception, a friend of mine didn't want to go... More

paulnp63 6ft, 9 reviews, 0 helpful votes

War Horse is a so great. I never could have expected to get so emotionally invested in the well being of a horse puppet but with the... More

fruube 5'4, 29 reviews, 6 helpful votes

steffigolightly 165 cm, 128 reviews, 2 helpful votes

clemonylemony 5"8.5, 54 reviews, 0 helpful votes