the National Theatre production of War Horse comes to Curve in 2019

Tue 13 Nov 2018

War Horse, the unforgettable theatrical event based on Michael Morpurgo’s beloved novel, will come to Leicester for the first time, playing at Curve Wed 18 Sep – Sat 12 Oct 2019.

Directed by Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris, Nick Stafford’s adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s remarkable story of courage, loyalty and friendship, about a young boy called Albert and his horse Joey, set against the backdrop of the First World War is the most successful play in the National Theatre’s history. It features ground-breaking puppetry work by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, which brings breathing, galloping horses to life on stage.

Speaking about the news, Curve Chief Executive Chris Stafford and Artistic Director Nikolai Foster said:

“War Horse is a landmark of contemporary British theatre, beautifully directed by Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris.

“Michael Morpurgo’s story serves to remind us of the astonishing bravery of those who gave their lives for our freedom during the Great War and is an enduring plea for peace and equality.

“We are thrilled to welcome Joey, his equine pals, the cast, puppeteers and crew of this awe-inspiring production to Curve.”

Michael Morpurgo said:

“Joey, the War Horse and his great team from the National Theatre, are touring the UK again, taking their show all over the country, to towns and cities. I am so pleased this is happening; that so many more people will have the chance to enjoy this unique theatrical event. Steady boy, steady Joey. Trot on!”

War Horse, which has been seen by over seven million people worldwide, completed its record-breaking eight year London run at the New London Theatre in March 2016.  It has won 25 awards including the Tony Award for Best Play on Broadway.

War Horse received its world premiere on 9 October 2007 at the National Theatre, where it played for two seasons before opening at the New London Theatre in March 2009.  Since then, the production has been seen in 97 cities in 10 countries, including productions on Broadway, in Toronto and Berlin, with touring productions in the UK and Ireland, North America, the Netherlands, Belgium and China.

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 for 59 Productions, songmaker John Tams, music by Adrian Sutton and sound by Christopher Shutt.

Katie Henry is the revival director and Craig Leo is the associate puppetry director. They are joined by resident puppetry director, Matthew Forbes and resident director, Charlotte Peters.

Cast to be announced.

War Horse is produced on tour by the National Theatre.

War Horse at Curve will go on sale to Curve Friends and Supporters on 21 Nov, to Members and Groups on 22 Nov and on general sale on 28 Nov, all at 12noon. Tickets can be purchased online at, over the phone on 0116 242 3595 or in person at Curve’s Box Office.