Half the cast to change in War Horse!

Half the cast to change in War Horse!

Half the cast will change in War Horse at the New London Theatre from 30 Sep 2009

New cast members include Gregory Bartlett (Topthorn head), Killian Burke (Ensemble), Jack Gordon (Billy Narracott), Avye Leventis (Joey as a foal), Jonathan Livingstone (David Taylor), Eamonn O’Dwyer (Songman), Ian Piears (Joey hind), Malcolm Ridley (Sgt. Allan/Schnabel/Manfred), Ruth Rogers (Ensemble/Joey and Topthorn head), William Rycroft (Ensemble), Rachel Sanders (Rose Narracott), Anthony Shuster (Gefreiter Karl), Matthew Tait (Ensemble/Joey & Topthorn heart), Ben Thompson (Ensemble/Joey and Topthorn hind).

Cast members remaining in the show include: James Barriscale (Chapman Carter/ Strauss/ Fine), Michael Brett (Joey and Topthorn hind), Simon Bubb (Captain Stewart/Rudi) Matthew Burgess (Joey heart), Finn Caldwell (Topthorn heart/The Goose/Veterinary Officer Martin), Laura Cubitt (Paulette/ Joey as a foal), David Emmings (Joey head), Robert Emms (Albert Narracott), Robin Guiver (Joey and Topthorn heart/Geordie), Stephen Harper (Topthorn hind/Geordie) Bettrys Jones (Joey as a foal/Emilie), Colin Mace (Ted Narracott), Patrick O’Kane (Friedrich), Toby Olié (Joey and Topthorn head/The Goose), Matthew Spencer (Captain Nicholls), Howard Ward (Arthur Narracott/Sgt. Thunder) Roger Wilson (Alternate Songman/ Greig).

War Horse was originally at the Olivier NT from 9 Oct 2007 to 14 Feb 2008. It returned to the Olivier NT 10 Sep 2008 to 18 March 2009 before its transfer to the West End's New London Theatre, opening 3 April, following previews from 28 March 2009.

War Horse, is based on a novel by Michael Morpurgo, adapted by Nick Stafford. It is directed by Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris, designed by Rae Smith, lighting by Paule Constable, sound by Christopher Shutt. Puppet designs and fabrication by Adrian Kohler, video design by Leo Warner and Mark Grimmer.

The show has received terric reviews: "One of the most powerfully moving and imaginative productions of the year, whatever age you happen to be" (Daily Telegraph); "it makes you rejoice to be alive" (The Times); "confirms the National’s extraordinary knack of turning children’s literature into the finest drama. Stunning." (Sunday Times)

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 find him and bring him home.

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