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War Horse extends booking period until 2012

Albert Narracott (Kit Harington), Puppeteer (Craig Leo) and Joey (puppet). Photo credit: Simon Annand.

Lizzie Guilfoyle

A FURTHER 130,000 tickets are being released for the National Theatre’s production of War Horse.

The show is now taking bookings at the New London Theatre until February 18, 2012.

Now in its fourth year, Nick Stafford’s adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s book has been playing to packed houses at the New London Theatre where it continues to delight and thrill audiences from playwrights to politicians and rock stars to royalty.

Details of further productions, including an international tour starting in the Autumn of 2012, are due to be announced in the coming months.

Production is also underway for Stephen Spielberg’s film version of Michael Morpurgo’s book which is expected to be released next year. Find out more

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Previously posted: The National Theatre’s award-winning production of War Horse has extended its booking period at the New London Theatre. Previously booking until February 2011, it will now continue until October 22, 2011.

Based on Michael Morpurgo’s novel and adapted for stage by Nick Stafford, War Horse is the story of Joey, young Albert’s beloved horse who, at the outbreak of World War One, is sold to the cavalry and shipped to France.

Soon, Joey is caught up in enemy fire, and fate takes him on an extraordinary odyssey, serving on both sides before finding himself alone in no man’s land. But Albert cannot forget Joey and, still not old enough to enlist, he embarks on a treacherous mission to find him and bring him home.

War Horse, which uses life-size puppets to portray horses, children and other selected characters, won the 2007 Evening Standard, Critics’ Circle and Laurence Olivier Awards for Rae Smith and the Handspring Puppet Company’s set design. Toby Sedgwick also received an Olivier Award for choreography.

The current cast includes Jacob Anderson (Billy), Matthew Aubrey (Albert Narracott), James Barriscale (Chapman Carter/Colonel Strauss/Sgt. Fine), Nigel Betts (Arthur Narracott/Sgt. Thunder), Andrew Bridgmont (Alternate Songman/Greig/Schmidtt), Matthew Burgess (Joey heart, Schweyk), Emily Cooper (Joey and Topthorn hind/ensemble), Vanessa Faye-Stanley (Baby Joey/Ensemble)…

… Matthew Forbes (Ensemble), Ross Green (Joey and Topthorn heart/ensemble), David Grewcock (Joey and Topthorn head/ensemble), Robin Guiver (Joey and Topthorn heart/Geordie), Stephen Harper (Topthorn head/Geordie), Nicolas Karimi (Topthorn heart), Sarah Mardel (Baby Joey/Emilie), Jess Murphy (Paulette/Baby Joey), Eamonn O’Dwyer (Songman), Toby OIie (Joey and Topthorn head/Goose)…

… David Ononokpono (Captain Stewart), Ian Piears (Joey hind/Heine), Malcolm Ridley (Sgt. Allan, Schnabel, Manfred), Ruth Rogers (Joey head), William Rycroft (Bone/Rudi/Callaghan), Abdul Salis (David Taylor), Rachel Sanders (Rose/Sentry Shaw), Anthony Shuster (Vet Martin), Perri Snowden (Captain Nicholls), Ben Thompson (Joey and Topthorn hind/Ludwig /Goose), Zubin Varla (Friedrich Muller), Andy Williams (Ted Narracott) and Thomas Wilton (ensemble).

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