The National Theatre’s acclaimed play, based on Michael Morpurgo’s novel.
The smash-hit returns.
Following its sold out run at The Marlowe Theatre in 2017 the National Theatre’s acclaimed play War Horse returns to Canterbury in 2019.
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 journey, serving on both sides before finding himself alone in no man’s land. Albert, who remained on his parents’ Devon farm, cannot forget Joey. Though still not old enough to enlist he embarks on a treacherous mission to find him and bring him home.
Based on the beloved novel by Michael Morpurgo, this powerfully moving and imaginative drama, filled with stirring music and songs, is a show of phenomenal inventiveness. At its heart are astonishing life-sized horses by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, who bring breathing, galloping, charging horses to thrilling life on stage.
War Horse is an unforgettable theatrical event which takes audiences on an extraordinary journey from the fields of rural Devon to the trenches of First World War France.
On our blog, you can read about how the puppet horses are brought to life, and also read about Michael Morpurgo’s Canterbury connections.
Based on the beloved novel by Michael Morpurgo.
Adapted by Nick Stafford.
In association with the award-winning Handspring Puppet Company.