Lee Armstrong playing Albert as he rides Joey the horse

The National Theatre’s production of War Horse will embark on a major UK tour in 2017, opening at the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury on 15th September.

War Horse will then return to The Bristol Hippodrome (where it played a sell-out run last year) from 18th October to 11th November.


War Horse follows the story of a young boy called Albert and his beloved horse, Joey, who has been requisitioned to fight for the English in World War One.

Caught in enemy crossfire, Joey ends up serving on both sides during the war before landing in no man’s land, while Albert, not old enough to enlist, embarks on a treacherous mission to find his horse and bring him home.

Watch the original National Theatre trailer for War Horse below:

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War Horse, which has been seen by over seven million people worldwide, will complete its record-breaking eight year London run at the New London Theatre on 12th March this year.

The 2017 UK tour will coincide with the centenary commemorations of the end of World War One and follows the production’s successful tour of the UK and Ireland between 2013 and2015.

The show has won 25 awards including the Tony Award for Best Play on Broadway. It is directed by Bristol Old Vic’s artistic director Tom Morris and Marianne Elliott, and adapted by Nick Stafford from Michael Morpurgo’s novel of the same name.

Selected 2017/18 War Horse tour dates:

Empire Theatre, Liverpool: 15 November-2nd December
New Theatre, Oxford: 13th December-6th January 2018
Brighton Centre: 25th January-10th February
Bradford Alhambra Theatre: 14th February-10th March
Nottingham Royal Concert Hall: 14th March-7th April

Tickets go on sale to the general public at each venue on 8th February this year.

Group travel organisers should contact their chosen venue for information on group rates and discounts.

For further information visit www.warhorseonstage.com.

Photo credit: Ellie Kurttz.