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War Horse extends to 2016, new casting announced

The award-winning show gallops on at the New London Theatre

A scene from War Horse
A scene from War Horse
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War Horse has extended at the New London Theatre to 13 February 2016. Now in its eighth year, the National Theatre production has been seen by over six million worldwide.

A new cast of 26 actors and 12 puppeteers join the company on 16 March 2015. They are:

James Backway, Phillip Bertioli, Ken Bradshaw, Adrian Christopher, Matthew Churcher, Clare Louise Connolly, Alasdair Craig, Harry De Moraville, Drew Dillon, James Duncan, Nick Figgis, Patrick Fleming, Keiran Flynn, Alan Francis, Colm Gormley, Dominic Hodson, Ian Houghton, Mark Jackson, Simon Jenkins, Jamie Lee-Morgan, Nyron Levy, Kate Marlais, Shaun McCourt, Tony McGeever, Jayne Mckenna, Chris Milford, Gary Mitchinson, Thomas Mittleheuser, Ben Murray, Markus Schabbing, Adam Henderson Scott, Alisdair Simpson, James Alexander Taylor, Emma Thornett, Lowri Walton, Scarlet Wilderink, Sam Willmott and Simon Wolfe.

Michael Morpurgo with the new cast of War Horse at the New London Theatre
Michael Morpurgo with the new cast of War Horse at the New London Theatre
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Alongside the West End production, War Horse recently completed sell-out dates in South Africa visiting Johannesburg and Cape Town and has now returned to the UK where it will complete a national tour in Bristol next month.

War Horse is directed by Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris, designed by Rae Smith, with 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, with video design by Leo Warner and Mark Grimmer, songmaker John Tams, music by Adrian Sutton and sound by Christopher Shutt.

Adapted from Michael Morpurgo's novel, the action is set during World War One when Joey, young Albert's beloved horse, is sold to the cavalry and shipped to France. He's soon caught up in enemy fire, and fate takes him on an extraordinary odyssey, serving on both sides before finding himself alone in no man's land. But Albert cannot forget Joey and, still not old enough to enlist, he embarks on a treacherous mission to find him and bring him home.

War Horse is produced in the West End by the National Theatre and National Angels.