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War Horse 2018

The acclaimed play returns in 2018!

Wed 13 June - Sat 30 June

Following 8 record-record breaking years in London’s West End and having played in 11 countries around the world to over 7 million people, the National Theatre’s acclaimed play WAR HORSE tours the UK from September 2017 and arrives in Salford June 2018.

At the outbreak of World War One, Joey, young Albert’s beloved horse, is sold to the Cavalry and shipped to France. He’s soon caught up in enemy fire, and fate takes him on an extraordinary journey, serving on both sides before finding himself alone in no man’s land. Albert, who remained on his parents’ Devon farm, cannot forget Joey. Though still not old enough to enlist he embarks on a treacherous mission to find him and bring him home.

Based on the beloved novel by Michael Morpurgo, this powerfully moving and imaginative drama, filled with stirring music and songs, is a show of phenomenal inventiveness. At its heart are astonishing life-sized horses by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, who bring breathing, galloping, charging horses to thrilling life on stage.

War Horse is an unforgettable theatrical event which takes audiences on an extraordinary journey from the fields of rural Devon to the trenches of First World War France.


Daily Telegraph FIVE STARS ‘An Entertainment phenomenon’ ‘powerfully moving and imaginative’

Time Out FIVE STARS ‘an astonishing piece of theatre.’

Sunday Times FIVE STARS ‘The theatre event of the decade.’

Observer  ‘A triumph of theatricality’

Sunday Express FIVE STARS ‘An extraordinary piece of theatre, absolutely guaranteed to move the heart.’

Times FIVE STARS ‘be sure not to miss this stunning show.’

Independent on Sunday ‘The most breathtaking puppetry you will ever see’

Time ‘A landmark theatre event. Thrilling!’


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