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New London Theatre

Drury Lane WC2B 5PW

War Horse

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Show Details

Preview 28th Mar 09
Opens 3rd Apr 09
Closes 12th Mar 16

Show Times

Mon, Weds - Sat 7.30 pm
Tuesday 7.00 pm
Matinée Thurs & Sat
2.30 pm
Length of show - 2hrs 40min

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BAXTER'S THEATRELAND BY NIGHT
A classic viewing of all the Theatreland play houses by night. The authentic commentary, by Ben Shafik - a player himself - gives an authentic feel to the West End's theatres - and is backed by real music.
Next version will be more upbeat as, suggested, to celebrate Britannia's unbeatable heritage.
(Over 6000 viewings and all good reviews to date).
Let us know what you think.


A note from the author

I took these pictures to show off London theatres as they are seen -most often - by theatre goers, at night.

Thanks to Ben Shafik for his lighthearted and informative commentary and Fionn O'Lochlainn for the original music.

Watch out for the new version with current liveries and the names of the theatres as they appear.

Baxter

 

"So exhilarating it makes you rejoice to be alive. Its sheer skill and invention are awe-inspiring"
    The Times

"They're like great sculptors these people - they haven't just caught the form of a horse - they have caught the spirit of a horse"
Michael Morpurgo

Background

The children's book, written by Michael Morpurgo gave a full perspective of the 1914-18 war from a horse's viewpoint. It was adapted for the theatre with artistry in stage design and lighting that show the iconic horror of that era as both absurd and tragic. The scope for the actors has massive potential which the players take on without either sentimentality or undue fascination for the bloodlust usually depicted in war expositions. In terms of homage to the past, it's interesting to note that amidst the legendary transgression in the sacrifice of human lives, many millions of horses were also tortured and slaughtered. Yet The Times recommended the play to all children - why? This is not only because kids love horror - rather it is the puppetry of two full sized horses on stage, ridden by actors. It's Art. The sculptors who made them (Handspring Puppets) captured the movement

The horses - war horses - show how emotion and brilliant movement takes the art of puppetry to new heights. The horses have been so well received that it has bought the play a predicted long run. Even so the critics recommended early booking and 'be sure not to miss this stunning show'

You have to see the puppets interact with the players to really understand how 'it is done' Still photos don't do justice. That said the actors are excellent in portraying a snip from a well hammered epic - THE war that was going to end war..... They took the story to heart and gave heart to the play.

Story

A farmer bought a foal for his boy Albert. They developed a love for each other which made it all the more poignant when years later the horse was taken away by the army for the war and shipped to France. Albert, though far to young to enlist ran away and did so anyway. Knowing it would leave his mother distraught he just had to go and find his horse Joey. The story unfolds from there and envelops the lives and emotions of all concerned.

Cast

  • James Backway - Albert Narracott
  • Phillip Bertioli - Joey / Topthorn Heart
  • Ken Bradshaw - Priest / Gefreiter Karl
  • Adrian Christopher - Topthorn Head
  • Matthew Churcher - Joey / Topthorn Hind
  • Clare Louise Connolly - Baby Joey / Emilie
  • Alasdair Craig - Friedrich Muller
  • Harry De Moraville - Thomas Bone
  • Drew Dillon - Goose / Klebb
  • James Duncan - Joey / Topthorn Head
  • Nick Figgis - Dr Schweyk / Vet Martin
  • Patrick Fleming - Rudi
  • Keiran Flynn - Sergeant Fine / Col Strauss
  • Alan Francis - Sergeant Thunder
  • Colm Gormley - Ted
  • Dominic Hodson - Captain Nicholls
  • Ian Houghton - Sergeant Allan / Manfred
  • Mark Jackson - Captain Stewart
  • Simon Jenkins - Billy Narracott / Ludwig
  • Jamie Lee-Morgan - Joey Head
  • Nyron Levy - Topthorn Heart
  • Kate Marlais - Annie Gilbert
  • Shaun McCourt - Joey Hind
  • Tony McGeever - David Taylor
  • Jayne Mckenna - Rose Narracott
  • Chris Milford - Joey Heart
  • Gary Mitchinson - Joey / Topthorn Hind
  • Thomas Mittleheuser - Ensemble
  • Ben Murray - Songperson / musician
  • Markus Schabbing - Joey / Topthorn Head
  • Adam Henderson Scott - John Greig / Geordie
  • Alisdair Simpson - Chapman Carter / Soldat Schmidt
  • James Alexander Taylor - Joey / Topthorn Heart
  • Emma Thornett - Baby Joey / Paulette
  • Lowri Walton - Ensemble
  • Scarlet Wilderink - Baby Joey
  • Sam Willmott - Topthorn Hind
  • Simon Wolfe - Arthur Narracott

  • Director - Marianne Elliott & Tom Morris
  • Design - Rae Smith
  • Lighting- Paule Constable
  • Sound - Christopher Shutt
  • Producer - National Theatre and National Angels
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