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War Horse Returns to Bristol

Hit show War Horse comes to Bristol on new UK and Ireland tour

The National Theatre’s hit show War Horse, is going out on an 18-month UK and Ireland tour starting this September. The show will be calling into Bristol by the summer of 2025.

War Horse has been an international phenomenon, picking up more than 25 major awards and with a worldwide audience of over 8.3 million people.

The National Theatre says it has become the ‘most successful play’ in their history.

The story was originally written by Michael Morpurgo. This was adapted for the stage by Nick Stafford. The original 2007 production was directed by Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris.

War Horse tells the story of Albert and his horse Joey set against the backdrop of the First World War. Albert’s beloved horse is sold to the Cavalry and shipped to France. Though not old enough to enlist, Albert goes on a treacherous mission to find him and bring him back home.

The production has captured the imagination of audiences with its incredible puppetry work by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company. The company’s breathtaking puppets bring galloping horses to life on stage

War Horse will be at the Bristol Hippodrome from 03 – 21 June 2025.

For more information and all tour venues:

2024/25 Tour Creatives
Adapted by Nick Stafford
Co-produced with Michael Harrison, Fiery Angel and Playing Field
Creative Development – Tom Morris
Revival Director- Katie Henry
Reimagined Designs – Rae Smith
Additional Music – Adrian Sutton
Puppet Design and Fabrication – Basil Jones and Adrian Kohler for Handspring Puppet Company
Lighting Design is by Rob Casey
Movement and Horse Choreography – Toby Sedgwick
Puppet Direction – Matthew Forbes 
Animation and Projection Design – Nicol Scott for 59 Productions
Songmaker- John Tams
Sound design – Christopher Shutt
Casting – Jill Green CDG
Associate Designer – Will Fricker

Casting to be announced
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