War Horse cast changes from 14 April at the New London
New cast members: Jacob Anderson (Billy), Matthew Aubrey (Albert Narracott), Nigel Betts (Arthur Narracott/Sgt. Thunder), Andrew Bridgmont (Alternate Songman/Greig/Schmidtt), Vanessa Faye-Stanley (Baby Joey/Ensemble), Matthew Forbes (Ensemble), Ross Green (Joey and Topthorn heart/ ensemble), David Grewcock (Joey and Topthornhead / ensemble), Emily Cooper (Joey and Topthorn hind / ensemble), Nicolas Karimi (Topthorn heart), Sarah Mardel (Baby Joey/Emilie), Jess Murphy (Paulette/Baby Joey), David Ononokpono (Captain Stewart), Abdul Salis (David Taylor), Perri Snowden (Captain Nicholls), Zubin Varla (Friedrich Muller), Andy Williams (Ted Narracott) , Thomas Wilton (ensemble).
Remaining with the show are: James Barriscale (Chapman Carter/Colonel Strauss/ Sgt. Fine), Matthew Burgess (Joey heart, Schweyk), Robin Guiver (Joey and Topthorn heart/Geordie), Stephen Harper (Topthorn head/Geordie), Eamonn O’Dwyer (Songman), Toby Olie (Joey and Topthorn head/Goose), Ian Piears (Joey hind/Heine), Ruth Rogers (Joey head), Malcolm Ridley (Sgt. Allan, Schnabel, Manfred), William Rycroft (Bone/Rudi/Callaghan), Rachel Sanders (Rose/Sentry Shaw), Anthony Shuster (Vet Martin), Ben Thompson (Joey and Topthorn hind/Ludwig /Goose),
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 2009, following previews from 28 March 2009. It is currently taking bookings to 12 Feb 2011.(War Horse will play on Broadway at the Vivian Beaumont Theater at Lincoln Center, from 17 March 2011).
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.