War Horse - new cast announced at New London Theatre
From 16 Nov 2011 the cast will include Alex Avery (Captain Nicholls), Joshua Blake (John Greig), Pascale Burgess (Paulette), Richard Cant (Priest / Friedrich Muller), Sam Clark (Joey Hind), Kate Colebrook (Baby Joey / Emilie), Emily Cooper (Joey/Topthorn Hind / Goose), Matt Costain (Topthorn Hind / Goose), Ewen Cummins (Chapman Carter / Col. Strauss / Soldat Schmidtt), Danny Dalton (David Taylor), Matthew Forbes (Joey Head), Bob Fox (Songman), Thomas Goodridge (Joey/Topthorn Hind), Owain Gwynn (Joey/Topthorn Heart), Jack Holden (Albert Narracott), Robert Horwell (Arthur Narracott / Sgt Thunder), Christian Jenner (Dr Schweyk / Heine / Sgt Fine), Luke Jerdy (Billy Narracott / Coco / Ludwig), Curtis Jordan (Joey/Topthorn Head / Goose), Louise Kempton (Annie Gilbert), Dominic Leeder (Topthorn Heart), Henry Maynard (Topthorn Head), Shaun McKee (Joey/Topthorn Heart / Geordie), Steve Nicolson (Ted Narracott), Christopher Patrick Nolan (Gefreiter Karl / Vet Martin), Jack Parker (Topthorn Head), Malcolm Ridley (Sgt Allan / Soldat Manfred), Mat Ruttle (Bone / Heine), William Rycroft (Captain Stewart / Rudi), Rachel Sanders (Rose Narracott), Eliot Short (Klebb / Fiddler), Meghan Treadway (Baby Joey), John Trindle (Baby Joey), Adam Welsh (Johann Schnabel / Sentry Shaw) and Tom Wilton (Joey Heart).
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.