Today, 3 June 2012, The National Theatre's Jubilee Salute to The Queen featured Joey from War Horse on the Olivier flytower at The National Theatre. Check out the photos below!
Now in its fourth year in the West End at the New London Theatre, Nick Stafford's adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's book has been playing to sell-out houses at the New London Theatre since March 2009. The Broadway production of War Horse, which continues its run at the Lincoln Center's Vivien Beaumont Theatre, was the winner of six Tony Awards including a Special Tony Award for Handspring Puppet Company. Last month War Horse opened to great critical acclaim at The Princess of Wales Theatre, Toronto. War Horse premiered at The National Theatre in October 2007.
A further production of War Horse is due to open in December 2012 at the Melbourne Arts Centre's State Theatre, Australia, with a US tour scheduled to start in Los Angeles in June 2012. A further production will embark on a UK tour in Autumn 2013. The exhibition, War Horse: Fact and Fiction, continues at the National Army Museum until August this year. Stephen Spielberg's Oscar nominated film version of War Horse opened in UK in January 2012.
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 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.
Directed by Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris, War Horse is designed by Rae Smith, with puppet design and fabrication by Basil Jones and Adrian Kohler for Handspring Puppet Company, lighting by Paule Constable, and movement and horse choreography by Toby Sedgwick; the puppetry directors are Basil Jones and Adrian Kohler, with video design by Leo Warner and Mark Grimmer, songmaker John Tams, music by Adrian Sutton and sound by Christopher Shutt.
War Horse is produced in the West End by The National Theatre and National Angels at New London Theatre, Drury Lane, London WC2B 5PW. The show is currently booking until 26 October 2013, with performances Monday, Wednesday and Fridays at 7.30pm, Tuesdays at 7pm, Thursday and Saturdays at 2.30pm and 7.30pm.
Ticket prices: £15-£55 plus concessions; prices include a restoration levy. A limited number of Day Seats will be available at £25. Day Seats can be purchased in person at the box office from 10am on the day of the performance, strictly limited to one pair per person. To book, call 020 7452 3000, or 0844 412 4654, or go online at www.seetickets.com, www.warhorselondon.com or www.nationaltheatre.org.uk.
For more about the show, visit warhorseonstage.com.
Photo credit: Ludovic des Cognets