War Horse

Set in Devon at the outbreak of World War I, Joey, young Albert Narracott’s beloved horse, is sold to the cavalry and shipped to France. He embarks on an epic odyssey, serving on both sides before finding himself alone in a no man’s land. But Albert cannot forget Joey, and, still not old enough to enlist in the army, he embarks on a dangerous mission to find and bring him back to Devon. War Horse is a powerfully moving and imaginative drama, filled with stirring music, lighting and magnificent artistry. The Puppetry brings galloping, full-scale horses to life on stage — their flanks, hides and sinews built of steel, leather and aircraft cables.

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Creative Team

Producer: The National Theatre, presented in association with Handspring Puppet Company
Based on the Novel by Michael Morpurgo
Adapted by Nick Stafford
Directors: Marianne Elliot and Tom Morris
Puppet Design, Fabrication & Direction: Basil Jones and Adrian Kohler for Handspring Puppet Company.
Sets, Costumes & Drawings: Rae Smith
Lighting Design: Paule Constable
Choreography: Toby Sedgewick
Music: Adrian Sutton
Song Maker: John Tams
Music Director: Harvey Brough
Video Designers: Leo Warner and Mark Grimmer for Fifty Nine Productions LTD
Sound Designer: Christopher Shutt
Associate: Mervyn Millar


Jamie Ballard, Alice Barclay, Jason Barnett, James Barriscale, Simon Bubb, Finn Caldwell, Paul Chequer, Tim van Eyken, Thomas Goodridge, Stephen Harper, Thusitha Jayasundera, Gareth kennerley, Craig Leo, Rachel Leonard, Tim Lewis, Tommy Luther, Mervyn Millar, Emily Mytton, Toby Olie, Toby Sedgwick, Ashely Taylor – Rhys, Luke Treadaway, Howard Ward, Alan Williams, Matthew Woodyatt, Angus Wright.
Musicians: Colin Rae, Richard Ashton, Andy Cullard, Susi Evans, Tracy Holloway.


London 2007 – present, New York 2011 – present, Toronto 2012, US Tour 2012-2013.

Permanent Handspring staff members currently working full-time on the production of WarHorse puppets include:

Adrian Kohler: Artistic Director & Puppet Designer
Thys Stander: Chief Cane Sculptor
James Dee: Factory Manager & Mech. Engineer
Jessica Mias – Jones: Asst Factory Manager & Puppet Maker
Simon Dunkley: Puppet Engineer
Andy Jones:Puppet Engineer & Supervisor
Phyllis Midlane: Fabric Engineer
Peter Collard: Puppet Maker
Ncedile Daki: Puppet Builder & Assistant Engineer
Kyle Daniels: Puppet Builder
Johannes De Lange: Puppet Builder
Luyanda Nogodlwana: Puppet Builder & Supervisor
Lyn Sieborger: Asst Puppet Builder
Zweli Ngcombela: Assistant Cane Sculptor
Phillip Roberts: Studio Assistant
Christiaan Johnson: Studio Assistant
Ntimpeba Epimac: Studio Assistant
Basil Jones: Executive Producer
Janni Younge: Associate Director
Roderick Bothman: Financial Director
James Nilsen: Asst to the Exec. Prod. & Company Administrator
Melanie Roberts: Administrative Assistant

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