Charlie Kenber talks War Horse
Resident Director – Charlie Kenber comes into the studio to talk with Roderick Chambers about the gorgeous world of WAR HORSE.
DIRECT FROM THE SOLD OUT LONDON SEASON
FEATURING A 34 STRONG COMPANY FROM THE UK
A remarkable story of courage, loyalty and friendship, it tells the story of a young boy called Albert and his
horse Joey, set against the backdrop of the First World War. This powerfully moving and imaginative drama
is a show of phenomenal inventiveness, filled with stirring music and songs, featuring ground-breaking
puppetry work by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, which brings breathing, galloping horses
to life on stage.
Based on the beloved novel by Michael Morpurgo, War Horse features a 34 strong cast and more than 20
puppets. It is the most successful play in the National Theatre’s history, has won more than 25 international
awards and has now been seen by over eight million people worldwide, in 98 cities across 12 countries. It
even has Her Majesty the Queen’s seal of approval!
War Horse is directed by Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris, designed by Rae Smith, with puppet direction,
design and fabrication by Basil Jones and Adrian Kohler for Handspring Puppet Company. With lighting by
Paule Constable, and movement and horse choreography by Toby Sedgwick, video design by Leo Warner
and Mark Grimmer for 59 Productions, songmaker John Tams, music by Adrian Sutton and sound by
Christopher Shutt. Katie Henry is the UK & International Tour Director and Craig Leo is the Associate Puppetry
Director. Charlotte Peters is the Associate Director and Matthew Forbes is the Associate Puppetry Director.
They are joined by Resident Director, Charlie Kenber and Resident Puppetry Director, Gareth Aled. It is a
once in a life time experience.
The production has a cast of 34: Kofi Aidoo-Appiah (Topthorn head), Rianna Ash (Joey head), Huw Blainey
(Geordie), Matthew Booth
Experience an unforgettable theatrical journey when the National Theatre of Great Britain’s internationally
acclaimed production of War Horse comes to Sydney’s Lyric Theatre from 15 February 2020, direct from a
sell-out season in London.
New seats go on sale this Friday 8 November, including extra matinee dates, with only 35 performances
of this six-time winner at Broadway’s Tony Awards®.