War Horse at National Theatre - Lyttelton tickets
War Horse at National Theatre - Lyttelton tickets

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About the show

Marianne Elliot and Tom Morris’ beloved stage adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s novel War Horse returns to the National Theatre for a strictly limited season. Celebrating its 11th anniversary, the production by Nick Stafford and South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company marks the centenary of Armistice Day.

A powerful and moving World War One story about a boy and his horse on the front lines has rocketed to stratospheric heights. Running for two years at the National Theatre before transferring to the West End for a remarkable seven-year run, War Horse has wowed audiences and critics around the globe, continuing to sell-out.

The Tony Award-winning show is not just a tale of war, but also of the bond between humans and animals. When Albert’s father sells his horse Joey to the military, Albert lies about his age in order find his beloved horse, embarking on a treacherous journey to bring him home.

Originally directed by Tom Morris and Marianne Elliott, the tour and return is directed by Katie Henry, whose credits include work at The Orange Tree Theatre, BAC, Southbank Centre and numerous drama schools. The life-sized puppets are designed and constructed by Handspring Puppet Company, a South African company founded in 1981 and recognised for their work the world over.

Creative team also includes drawings and designs by Rae Morris, lighting designer Paule Constable, sound designer Christopher Shutt and music by Adrian Sutton.

A touching, thrilling and emotional story of love, battle and fierce loyalty, War Horse returns to the National Theatre for another spectacular season. Playing on the Lyttelton stage, the production runs from 8 November 2018 to 5 January 2019.

Recommended for

Children and families will love this story about the bond between a child and his horse in this uplifting story set against the hardship and tragedy of WWI. Puppetry fans and will also find the show a remarkable feat of engineering and craft.

Age Recommendations: Recommended 10+

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 45 minutes (including an interval)
Opened: 08 Nov 2018
Booking from: 08 Nov 2018
Booking until: 05 Jan 2019

Location and map

National Theatre - Lyttelton
National Theatre, Southbank
London, SE1 9PX

34 Reviews Add review

I recommend to see the show. It's an emotional story of a horse in the first world war. The horses are amazing and at some points it's... More

lenaw 40 reviews, 0 helpful votes

This show didn't disappoint after years of waiting to see this. It's sensational. I was in tears throughout - tears of joy, tears of... More

bryonyjameson 5"7, 120 reviews, 2 helpful votes

Believe the hype. War Horse is a truly excellent production. Returning to the National Theatre to celebrate 100 years since the end... More

joc78 5"4, 435 reviews, 7 helpful votes

Been wanting to see this show for years and it did not disappoint. Excellent performances, staging, and the puppetry was out of this... More

Jamb0r 178, 182 reviews, 8 helpful votes

Please only take 10 year olds or above (or judge on your child's maturity)!!! I was so shocked at how many young kids were in the audience.... More

albuspotter 5"11, 260 reviews, 15 helpful votes

A phenomenal production with impressive use of puppetry and combined with music, sound and lighting effects it makes this show incredibly... More

LondonLass 5"1, 248 reviews, 14 helpful votes

Absolutely amazing show - well acted, sometimes amusing and desperately sad in parts. Highly recommend!

LWH 5"4, 28 reviews, 0 helpful votes

bowerhe 5'6, 44 reviews, 1 helpful vote

A well-presented and hard-hitting show. Very emotional! The puppetry is incredible.

rochellebalboa 5"9, 130 reviews, 25 helpful votes