War Horse (2008 – 2010)

Runtime: 10 Sep 2008 – 31 Mar 2009 at National Theatre – Olivier Theatre, London
Runtime: 3 Apr 2009 – 26 Sept 2009 at New London Theatre, London
Genre: Children’s story


At the outbreak of World War One, 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 the trenches to find him and bring him home.

Actors, working with astonishing, life-sized puppets, lead us on this emotionally-charged journey through history.

Cast and Crew List

Author (Novel): Michael Morpurgo
Author (Screenplay): Nick Stafford
Director: Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris

Alice Barclay … Paulette/Puppeteer
James Barriscale …
Michael Brett … Puppeteer
Simon Bubb …
Matthew Burgess … Puppeteer
Finn Caldwell …
Laura Cubitt … Puppeteer
David Emmings … Puppeteer
Robert Emms … Billy Narracott
Tim van Eyken …
Bronagh Gallagher … Rose Narracott
Robin Guiver … Puppeteer
Kit Harington … Albert Narracott
Stephen Harper …
Bettrys Jones … Emilie
Gareth Kennerley …
Jane Leaney … Puppeteer
Rachel Leonard … Puppeteer
Tim Lewis …
Colin Mace … Ted Narracott
Al Nedjari … Puppeteer
Luke Norris … David Taylor
Patrick O’Kane … Kavallerie Hauptmann Friedrich Müller
Toby Olié … Puppeteer/Soldier
Nicholas Tizzard …
Matthew Spencer …
Howard Ward … Sergeant Major
Alan Williams … Arthur Narracott/Manfred
Roger Wilson …


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“While the staging itself is what impresses the most, there are strong performances from Kit Harington as the lonely but defiant Albert who has bonded with Joey more than with any human […].”

Neil Dowden (musicOMH)

“Great horses, but the cast is pretty amazing too. Kit Harington shines as the somewhat reserved though ultimately heroic character who doggedly searches for his one true love, Joey the horse. Willing to face barbed wire and machine guns, gas attacks and interminable shelling by heavy gunfire, Harington’s Albert Narracott personifies the gritty determination of youth in the face of impossible adversity.”

Peter Lathan (The British Theatre Guide)

“Mind you, I admire Kit Harington’s introverted performance in the leading role: it’s unusual to have a hero so withheld and unshowy.”

Brian Logan (Time Out London)

“The ensemble acting is strong right through the ranks, with especially fine work from Kit Harington as young Albert, Colin Mace as his cruel, boozy father and Patrick O’Kane as a good German. But the whole production has a marvellous sense of purpose and unity, and, far from seeming sentimental, the terrible suffering of those beautiful horses forces the audience to consider afresh the horror of war.”

Charles Spencer (Telegraph)

“Kit Harington makes his debut as Albert and I’m not certain if he’s a major new talent or just ideally suited for this particular role, but he’s wonderfully understated as the rough, simple but sweet kid who is devastated to find his dad has sold the horse to the military and joins up just so he can find Joey and bring the animal home safely.”

Michael Giltz (The Huffington Post)