War Horse - National Theatre New London Theatre 2011
Handspring Puppet Company
War Horse is a play based on the book of the same name by children's writer Michael Morpurgo, adapted for stage by Nick Stafford. Originally Morpurgo thought "they must be mad" to try to make a play from his best-selling 1982 novel; nonetheless, the play was a success. The play's West End and Broadway productions are directed by Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris; it features life-size horse puppets by the Handspring Puppet Company of South Africa, with "horse choreography" by Toby Sedgwick.
War Horse transferred to the West End's New London Theatre, beginning preview performances on 28 March 2009, prior to an official opening of 3 April. The original cast featured Kit Harington as Albert, who reprised his South Bank performance. The production includes an original score composed by Adrian Sutton.
The production met with critical acclaim for its powerful use of life-size horse puppets designed by the Handspring Puppet Company of South Africa, winning an Olivier Award, Evening Standard Theatre Award and London Critics' Circle Theatre Award. On 12 October 2009 the performance was seen by HM Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip, marking their first private theatre visit in four years.
War Horse has been popular with audiences, playing to 97% capacity in 2010, subsequently breaking the record for the highest weekly gross for a play in the West End. In December 2010, War Horse was dubbed "the theatrical event of the decade" by The Times. In 2011 it welcomed its millionth audience member.
War Horse 2011 Cast - Jacob Anderson, Matthew Barriscale, Nigel Betts, Andrew Bridgmont, Ross Green, Robin Guiver, Stephen Harper, Sarah Mardel, Jess Murphy, Eamonn O'Dwyer, Malcolm Ridley, William Rycroft, Abdul Salis, Rachel Sanders, Anthony Shuster, Perri Snowdon, Zubin varla, Andy Williams, Thomas Wilton
Director - Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris
Designer - Rae Smith
Lighting - Paule Constable
Souvenir Program Date 2011
Size 210 x 300 mm
Condition: Used 8/10 Good Great Pictures and Actors Bios and complete story Puppet Story
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