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War Horse

based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo
adapted by Nick Stafford
presented in association with the award-winning Handspring Puppet Company

Now playing
Running Time: 2h 45m including 20m interval

War Horse

Eleven years after its NT debut, and having played in eleven countries to over seven million people, War Horse returns to the National Theatre to mark the centenary of Armistice Day.

At the outbreak of World War One, Albert’s beloved horse, Joey, is sold to the cavalry and shipped to France. Though not yet old enough to enlist, Albert joins the army, and embarks on a treacherous mission to find his horse and bring him home.


You can also see War Horse on a UK Tour

Based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo, this powerfully moving and imaginative drama is a show of phenomenal inventiveness. At its heart are astonishing life-sized horses, created by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company.

Please note: this production contains strobe-like effects

Half-price tickets for under-18s


Production supported by Remmel Dickinson


Discover the original novel by Michael Morpurgo and our exclusive gifts inspired by the production from our online shop


Talks and events

Writer Michael Morpurgo on War Horse Tue 20 Nov, 5.45pm, (Captioned)
The Battle of The Ancre and the Advance of the Tanks (film screening) Mon 19 November, 6pm
Adrian Sutton’s Music at the NT Wed 21 November, 6pm
Inside the Horse: Exploring the War Horse Puppets Thu 22 Nov, 5.45pm, (Captioned)
Devising War Horse: family workshop Sat 24 November
Puppetry and Performance: family workshop, Sat 8 and 15 December
16 – 21: Performing War Horse: Cast Q&A Thu 13 December, 6pm

Find out more about our War Horse Project for Schools

5 star rating

An entertainment phenomenon.

Daily Telegraph
5 star rating

Heartbreakingly beautiful.

The Times
5 star rating

A remarkable achievement…an astonishing piece of theatre.

Time Out
5 star rating

The whole production oozes class. Rae Smith’s set is a marvel

The Times

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