"Could well be the best West End show."
-Time Out-

"Powerfully moving and imaginative."
-The Daily Telegraph-

"There is no denying the visual bravura."
-The Guardian-

Sorry, War Horse closed on 12 Mar 2016

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About the show

The National Theatre's phenomenon War Horse has enjoyed sell out runs in London, on Broadway and across the globe. Based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo, this play uses puppetry and live action to tell a bittersweet tale of a young boy and his horse separated during the First World War. The Handspring Puppet Company bring the story to life with impressive life size horse puppets. The show is currently playing at the New London Theatre, where the vast stage surrounds the audience and makes this a theatrical experience you will remember for years to come. The play has even been adapted into a Stephen Spielberg film.

War Horse is set in Devon at the start of the First World War. Young Albert's best friend in the world is his horse Joey, who is sold to the Cavalry to serve in the war in Europe. After an impressive Odyssey from both parties, an epic journey begins to reunite the pair. After opening initially at the National's Olivier Theatre, the play went on to win many major awards and continues to be one of the best selling shows in London. The New York production won 5 Tony Awards including Best Play and sparked a US National tour.

Adapted for the stage by Nick Stafford and directed by the sensational Marianne Elliot and Tom Morris.

Make sure you do not miss this once in a lifetime piece of theatrical magic.

Who Should See It?

War Horse is aimed at theatre lovers as well as those who do not regularly go to the theatre. The story is timeless and has the audience in tears night after night. Everyone will be impressed by the stunning staging and use of puppetry - this is a show not to be missed!

War Horse is suitable for children aged 10 and up. Please note that young children will not be admitted into the theatre. The play deals with themes of war and death, and so parental guidance is advised.


  • Laurence Olivier Awards 2008 : Best Set Design, Best Theatre Choreographer

  • Tony Awards 2008 : Best Play, Best Direction, Best Scenic Design, Best Lighting Design

Playing at

Gillian Lynne Theatre
166 Drury Lane
Seating Plan

Gillian Lynne Theatre seating plan

Booking period

28th Mar 2009

25th Jun 2022

12th Mar 2016

Running time

2 hours 40 minutes


Recommended for children 10+