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On Tour: War Horse

Based on the beloved novel by Michael Morpurgo
Adapted by Nick Stafford
In association with the award-winning Handspring Puppet Company

Now on tour

UK Tour

On Tour: War Horse

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 is now on a UK tour.

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.

Tour venues and dates


Wales Millennium Centre
04 July 2018 – 28 July 2018
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New Victoria Theatre, Woking
01 August 2018 – 18 August 2018
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Plymouth Theatre Royal
29 August 2018 – 15 September 2018
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Milton Keynes Theatre
19 September 2018 – 06 October 2018
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Birmingham Hippodrome
10 October – 3 November 2018
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London, National Theatre
8 November 2018 – 5 January 2019
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Glasgow SECC
11 January 2019 – 26 January 2019
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Sunderland Empire
06 February 2019 – 23 February 2019
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Canterbury Marlowe Theatre
27 February 2019 – 16 March 2019
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Stoke-on-Trent, Regent Theatre
27 March – 6 April 2019
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Dublin Bord Gais Energy Theatre
10 - 27 April 2019
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5 star rating

An entertainment phenomenon... powerfully moving and imaginative

Daily Telegraph
5 star rating

an astonishing piece of theatre

Time Out
5 star rating

The theatre event of the decade

Sunday Times

A triumph of theatricality

5 star rating

An extraordinary piece of theatre, absolutely guaranteed to move the heart

Sunday Express
5 star rating

be sure not to miss this stunning show

The Times

The most breathtaking puppetry you will ever see

Independent on Sunday

A landmark theatre event. Thrilling!


War Horse on Stage - Extended Trailer

War Horse had its first performance at the National in 2007 and transferred to London's West End in 2009, running until February 2016; it will be touring across the UK from September 2017.

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