Horse prepares for a cross-country gallop


War Horse

The celebrated puppets that have helped make War Horse such a success will soon be wowing new audiences across the country as the show embarks on its first UK tour.

The National Theatre’s multi-award winning production of War Horse, currently running in the West End and on Broadway, will embark on its first tour of the UK and Ireland in 2013.

The show will visit nine venues over 10 months, commencing at the Theatre Royal Plymouth on 27th September 2013, where it will run until 12th October 2013.

It will then tour to other UK destinations including Birmingham Hippodrome, the Lowry in Manchester, Edinburgh’s Festival Theatre and the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton.

Seen by more than 2.4 million people worldwide since its premiere in 2007, War Horse tells the story of a young boy called Albert and his beloved horse, Joey, who has been requisitioned to fight for the English in the First World War.

The original show, based on a novel by Michael Morpurgo and adapted by Nick Stafford, was co-directed by Tom Morris and Marianne Elliot. It has design by Rae Smith, lighting by Paule Constable and movement and horse choreography by Toby Sedgwick.

The touring production will not replace the West End incarnation, which is currently booking until 26th October 2013, a month after the Plymouth Theatre Royal run begins.

The cast for the touring show has yet to be announced.

The War Horse UK and Ireland tour will begin at the Theatre Royal in Plymouth on 27th September 2013 and end at the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff on 19th July 2014. Along the way it will visit Birmingham, Salford, Edinburgh, Southampton, Dublin, Sunderland and Bradford. Group discounts vary from venue to venue. For more information, see the listings opposite.