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Becoming War Horse's Joey in 5 easy steps

We popped along to the National Theatre where Tom Morris and Marianne Elliott's production has returned more than a decade after its premiere there


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More than a decade after it premiered at the National Theatre, War Horse has returned to the South Bank.

We popped along to the Lyttelton to meet resident puppetry director, Matthew Forbes, to find out what goes into becoming the show's famous horse, Joey.

Returning to mark the centenary of the Armistice, Tom Morris and Marianne Elliott's Olivier Award-winning production is based on Michael Morpurgo's novel, and tells the story of Joey, a horse bought by Devonshire boy Albert, and their ensuing experiences fighting on the Western front.

Katie Henry will direct the revival production which also has design by Rae Smith, puppet direction, design and fabrication by Basil Jones and Adrian Kohler for Handspring Puppet Company, lighting by Paule Constable, and movement and horse choreography by Toby Sedgwick. Video design is by Leo Warner and Mark Grimmer for 59 Productions, composition by John Tams, music by Adrian Sutton and sound by Christopher Shutt.

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