New Cast Announced for National Theatre's WAR HORSE; Behind the Scenes DVD on Sale

From 30 September 2009, a new cast of actors and puppeteers will join the National Theatre's award-winning West End hit War Horse which is currently playing to packed houses at the New London Theatre. The National's sell-out production of Nick Stafford's adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's book which transferred to the West End in March this year, has recently welcomed its 100,000th visitor to the New London Theatre. In June this year 150,000 new tickets were released for sale, taking bookings up to 12 February 2010.

The full cast from 30 September is James Barriscale (Chapman Carter/Colonel Strauss/ Sgt. Fine), Gregory Bartlett (Topthorn head), Michael Brett (Joey and Topthorn hind), Simon Bubb (Captain Stewart/Rudi), Matthew Burgess (Joey heart), Killian Burke (Ensemble), Finn Caldwell (Topthorn heart/The Goose/Veterinary Officer Martin), Laura Cubitt (Paulette/ Joey as a foal), David Emmings (Joey head), Robert Emms (Albert Narracott), Jack Gordon (Billy Narracott), Robin Guiver (Joey and Topthorn heart/Geordie), Stephen Harper (Topthorn hind/Geordie), Bettrys Jones (Joey as a foal/Emilie), Avye Leventis (Joey as a foal), Jonathan Livingstone (David Taylor), Colin Mace (Ted Narracott), Eamonn O'Dwyer (Songman), Patrick O'Kane (Friedrich), Toby Olié (Joey and Topthorn head/The Goose), 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 Spencer (Captain Nicholls), Matthew Tait (Ensemble/Joey & Topthorn heart), Ben Thompson (Ensemble/Joey and Topthorn hind), Howard Ward (Arthur Narracott/Sgt. Thunder) and Roger Wilson (Alternate Songman/ Greig).

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.

Directed by MariAnne Elliott and Tom Morris, War Horse is designed by Rae Smith, with puppet design and fabrication by Basil Jones and Adrian Kohler for Handspring Puppet Company, lighting by Paul Constable, and movement and horse choreography by Toby Sedgwick; the puppetry directors are Basil Jones and Adrian Kohler, with video design by Leo Warner and Mark Grimmer, songmaker John Tams, music by Adrian Sutton, sound by Christopher Shutt.


Produced by the National's Digital Media Unit in conjunction with Seventh Art Productions, Making War Horse - a behind-the-scenes documentary featuring rehearsal and backstage footage, interviews with the production team, the actors and the puppeteers and extracts from the award-winning show - is now on sale from the NT Bookshop, the New London Theatre and on line at

Featuring over 70 minutes of exclusive extras including six short films, a series of video diaries, backstage footage features and an image gallery, footage from the National Theatre and Seventh Art film Making War Horse can be seen at

War Horse is produced in the West End by the National Theatre and National Angels and is sponsored by Accenture, supporters of Innovation at the National Theatre.


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