AN internationally acclaimed production of War Horse is to visit the region for a three-week run.
War Horse is the powerful story of a young boy, Albert, and his beloved horse, Joey, who has been requisitioned to fight for the British in the First World War.
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 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 more than four million people worldwide since its premiere at the National Theatre in 2007 and continues its hugely successful run at the New London Theatre in London's West End. A major tour of north America is ongoing, and a German language production, entitled Gefahrten, opened in Berlin in October.
Based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo, War Horse is adapted by Nick Stafford and directed by Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris. Lighting is by Paule Constable and movement and horse choreography by Toby Sedgwick. The lead role of Albert Narracott is played by Lee Armstrong.
This first major UK tour of War Horse started last September and has since been playing to packed houses in Plymouth, Birmingham and the Lowry in Salford.
The National Theatre is producing the play which runs at the Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent, from Wednesday, September 24 until Saturday, October 11.
Tickets for War Horse are available in person from the Regent Theatre box office, by calling 0844 871 7649 or online at www.atgtickets/com/stoke.