War Horse

The National Theatre’s epic production is based on the celebrated novel by the Children’s Laureate (2003-05) Michael Morpurgo. Actors working with magnificent, life-sized puppets by the internationally renowned Handspring Puppet Company lead us on a gripping journey through history.

War Horse On Stage website: http://www.warhorseonstage.com/


Making War Horse DVD
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The Horses Mouth: How Handspring and the National Theatre Made War Horse
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War Horse soundtrack CD
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LSI: War Horse (January 2008)
[12.52Mb PDF]
From Lighting & Sound International


Olivier Theatre, Royal National Theatre, London: 17 October 2007 through to 18 March 2009 (not continuous performances)

New London Theatre, London: 3 April 2009 – 12 March 2016

Toronto, Canada: 28 February 2012 – present

New York, USA:  14 April 2011 – 6 January 2013

US National Tour: 14 June 2012

UK National Tour: (from Autumn 2013)

Melbourne, Australia: 31 December 2012 – ?

Berlin, Germany: 26 March 2013 – ?

UK National Tour: (from 2017)

Directed by Marianne Elliott & Tom Morris
Lighting Design: Paule Constable
Set / Projection: Rae Smith
Puppet Design & Fabrication: Basil Jones & Adrian Kohler (Handspring Puppet Company)
Director of Movement: Toby Sedgwick
Video Design: Leo Warner & Mark Grimmer (59 Productions)
Songmaker: John Tams
Music: Adrian Sutton
Sound Design: Christopher Shutt

Trailer – National Theatre Live

Photo Gallery

Making of War Horse

Documentary – viewable on Channel 4 website

Handspring Puppet Company TED talk

LINK: http://www.ted.com/talks/handpring_puppet_co_the_genius_puppetry_behind_war_horse.html

War Horse Puppeteering (Toronto)

Lighting Design

From White Light blog:
“The rig for the New London includes automated lighting from Vari-Lite (VL3000Q Washes, VL1000 AS Spots), ETC (Revolutions) and DHA Lighting (Digital Light Curtains), conventionals from ETC (Source Fours, Source Pars), Strand (Alto 2.5kW PCs, Bambino 5kW Fresnels), Thomas (Par64s), R&V (1kW Beamlight followspots with DMX-controlled dimmer shutters), Arri (2.5kW HMI Fresnels), Robert Juliat (D’Artagnan HMI profile) and Rainbow (Rainbow Pro scrollers in a range of sizes). Atmospheric effects are generated from MDG Atmosphere and Look Solutions Unique haze machines and Viper smoke machines. The entire rig is controlled from an ETC Ion console.”

Sound Design (Christopher Shutt)


Joey the Horse


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