Photo Flash: WAR HORSE Equine Star Joey Celebrates 2,000 Performances in the West End
On 21 January 2014, The National Theatre''s internationally acclaimed award-winning stage production of War Horse celebrates its 2000th West End performance. The celebrations began with Joey, the equine star of War Horse, visiting the iconic London landmark, the EDF Energy London Eye, where he enjoyed views across the capital, including the National Theatre where he made his first appearance back in October 2007. Scroll down for photos!
This evening, back on home turf on stage at the New London Theatre, Joey and War Horse author Michael Morpurgo, equine co-star Topthorn and Sion Daniel Young, who plays Albert Narracott, will be presented with a specially created cake to mark the occasion.
Michael Morpurgo said: "When I saw the first Preview of War Horse, a while ago now, l thought it unlikely it would run for 20 shows, let alone 2000, and I wasn't the only one. The pieces of the jigsaw were brilliant, extraordinary, the design, the script, the music, the costumes, everything; but they simply didn't fit together. Somehow, and I shall never know how, the directors, Tom Morris and Marianne Elliot waved their magic wands, with the help of Adrian Kholer and Basil Jones from the Handspring Puppet Company and all the pieces fell into place. 2000 performances later, this iconic show goes on, and has been seen now by millions."
Now celebrating its seventh year on the London stage, Nick Stafford''s adaptation of Michael Morpurgo''s War Horse continues to play to sell-out houses at the New London Theatre and on Monday 27 January 2014 over 130,000 tickets will be released for sale extending booking to 14 February 2015. For more information, visit www.warhorselondon.com or www.nationaltheatre.org.uk, or warhorseonstage.com.
Photo Credit: Ellie Kurttz