THE visit of The National Theatre’s internationally-acclaimed production of War Horse to The Regent Theatre in Stoke-on-Trent is just over one month away – arriving on Wednesday 24 September to Saturday, 11 October.
The first major tour of War Horse in the UK and Ireland started in September 2013 and has since been playing to packed houses nationwide (currently in the middle of a nine-week run at the Lowry in Salford). The company is looking forward to performing in Stoke-on-Trent in just over one month’s time.
War Horse is the powerful story of a young boy called Albert and his beloved horse, Joey, who has been requisitioned to fight for the British in World War I. Caught in enemy crossfire, Joey ends up serving on both sides during the war before landing in No Man’s Land, while Albert, not old enough to enlist, embarks on a treacherous mission to find his horse and bring him home.
A remarkable tale of courage, loyalty and friendship, War Horse features ground-breaking puppetry work by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, which brings breathing and galloping horses to life on stage.
Hailed by the Sunday Express as ‘a monumental once in a lifetime production,’ War Horse has been seen by over five and a half million people worldwide since its premiere at the National Theatre in 2007 and continues its hugely successful run at the New London Theatre in the West End.
The War Horse company coming to Stoke-on-Trent is: Matt Addis (Major Nicholls), James Alper (Captain Stewart), Lee Armstrong (Albert Narracott), Peter Ash (Billy Narracott/Klebb/Heine), Emily Aston (Paulette), Ashleigh Cheadle (Nurse Gilbert), Joe Darke (Topthorn Heart), David Fleeshman (Arthur Narracott), Adam Foster (Bone/Fine/Schweyk), Bob Fox (Song Man), Jason Furnival (Carter/Strauss), Tom Gilbey (Joey Head), Oliver Grant (Topthorn Head), Karl Haynes (Auctioneer Carter), Karen Henthorn (Rose Narracott), Steven Hillman (Ted Narracott), Michael Humphreys (Joey Heart), Linford Johnson (Topthorn Hind), Andrew Keay (Joey Hind), Rebecca Killick (Emilie), Tom Larkin (Double Hind), John Leader (Double Heart), Harry Lobek (Vet Martin), Helen Macfarlane (Baby Joey/Matron Callagher), Sean McKenzie (Priest/Sergeant Thunder), Alex Moran (Baby Joey/David Taylor), Suzanne Nixon (Double Hind), Tom Norman (Double Heart), Joseph Richardson (Goose/Bugle/Schnabel), Paul Simpson (Klausen), Gavin Swift (Geordie), Simeon Truby (Allan/Manfred), Peter Twose (Double Head), Richard Vorster (Double Head) and Martin Wenner (Friedrich).
Company members with local connections are: Jason Furnival was born in Stoke-on-Trent, trained in Leicester and lives in Newcastle-under-Lyme. His many credits include ITV’s Downton Abbey. Sean McKenzie lives in Heage, Derbyshire and Karl Haynes lives in West Hallam.
Based on a novel by Michael Morpurgo, War Horse is adapted by Nick Stafford and presented in association with Handspring Puppet Company. Directed by Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris, it is designed by Rae Smith, lighting is by Paule Constable and movement and horse choreography by Toby Sedgwick. The puppetry directors are Basil Jones and Adrian Kohler, with video design by 59 Productions Ltd, song-making by John Tams, music by Adrian Sutton and sound by Christopher Shutt. Alex Sims directs the tour with Katie Henry as associate director.
Immediately after the three week run in Stoke-on-Trent, the entire company will head off to South Africa, the home of Handspring Puppet Company, to perform the show in Johannesburg and Cape Town, before coming back to the UK to finish the tour in Bristol.
War Horse is produced by the National Theatre - www.warhorseonstage.com
Tickets for War Horse are available in person from The Regent Theatre Box Office, by calling 0844 871 7649 or visiting www.atgtickets/com/stoke