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War Horse announces West End closing date

The award-winning production has been running for eight years

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War Horse at the New London Theatre
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After eight years, the National Theatre production of War Horse is closing in the West End.Its last performance at the New London Theatre will be 12 March 2016.

Directed by Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris, Nick Stafford's adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's story about a boy and his horse set against the backdrop of the First World War is the most successful play in the National Theatre's history.

A major UK tour of War Horse will begin in autumn 2017, as the country prepares to mark the final centenary year of the First World War, with details to be announced.

Producer Chris Harper said: "War Horse has wowed audiences around the world, and we are incredibly proud of what the show has achieved over the last eight extraordinary years."

Morpurgo called it "a show like no other, with puppets at its heart", adding: "It has moved millions in London and all over the world."

The show, which has won 25 major awards, will have played over 3,000 performances and been seen by over 2.7 million people in London.

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