Wembley Park to welcome The National Theatre’s War Horse at Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre
Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre, Wembley Park’s highly-anticipated new theatre venture announces that the acclaimed National Theatre production of War Horse will return to London for a strictly limited run from 18 October – 23 November 2019.
Tickets will be on sale to the public from 15 February 2019, with booking for NT priority members from 29 January 2019 and Troubadour Theatres priority members and American Express® Card members can book from 12 February 2019.
For further information and to sign up to Troubadour Theatres priority membership visit www.troubadourtheatres.com/wembleypark.
Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre is being created inside the former Fountain Studios by award-winning Troubadour Theatres. The venue will open in summer 2019, with the inaugural production – further programming to be announced.
The National Theatre’s acclaimed play War Horse is now on a UK and international tour throughout 2019, having visited 11 countries around the world and playing to nearly 8 million people over the past 11 years, including a recent sold out return to the National Theatre.
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, lighting by Paule Constable, and movement and horse choreography by Toby Sedgwick, with 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.
Tickets for the productions run start from £15. The six week run of War Horse will include a programme of activity which engages with schools and the local community in Brent in the lead up to the yearlong Brent London Borough of Culture collaborative project in 2020.
Speaking about the announcement Tristan Baker and Oliver Royds of Troubadour Theatres said: “We are delighted to be welcoming the acclaimed National Theatre production of War Horse to Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre this Autumn. We couldn’t think of a more fitting production to welcome to this state-of-the-art theatre. 2019 will be a hugely exciting year for Troubadour Theatres and Wembley Park as we open a brand new venue in the heart of one of Europe’s most dynamic regeneration areas.”
James Saunders, COO of Quintain, the developer behind Wembley Park, says:“We’re thrilled about the Troubadour Theatre opening, as it adds to the growing cultural offering of the area, that already boasts Wembley Stadium, SSE Arena and Boxpark Wembley, and will be an intrinsic part of the lively new neighbourhood that is providing much needed homes to rent in North London, as well as giving Londoners more reason to come and enjoy Wembley Park.”
Councillor Muhammed Butt, Brent Council Leader, says: “It’s been incredibly exciting to see Wembley Park’s transformation over the past few years. The Troubadour Theatre is set to be another great addition to the area, as well as to Brent’s busy arts scene. As we gear up to become the London Borough of Culture in 2020, we hope productions like War Horse will pull in audiences from across the capital, and that more and more people will recognise Brent as a cultural destination.”
Troubadour Theatres will run the brand-new theatre in Wembley Park, and will work with well-known and emerging production companies and artists to stage world-class entertainment within a flexible space, unmatched by other London theatres. In addition to a versatile performance space, Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre will also house a modern state-of-the-art restaurant and a fun, sociable bar space and an open air terrace.
Located within the historic former Fountain Studios – best known for being the venue of live televised shows including The X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent and Pop Idol – the new theatre will be in the heart of Wembley Park, an area that is fast becoming one of London’s most lively new creative districts, with affordable artist studios in addition to the sporting and musical events for which the area is internationally known.
Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre will be a fully flexible theatre; a space that can be transformed to suit the requirements for every show – traditional proscenium arch theatre, in-the-round theatrical experiences, or immersive shows. It will encourage theatrical producers to think big, offering them an affordable alternative space to present bold and ambitious shows.
The Troubadour team has extensive experience of running spectacular theatres including the King’s Cross Theatre which consisted of two 1,000 seat theatres and one 450 seat studio housing the Olivier Award-winning production of The Railway Children, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In The Heights, David Bowie’s Lazarus and the Donmar’s Shakespeare Trilogy.
This will be the first theatre to open in Wembley Park and first venture between Quintain, the developers behind the transformation of Wembley Park, and Troubadour Theatres, providing a new cultural offering for those living, working and visiting Wembley Park.
War Horse at Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre is supported by American Express, the National Theatre’s preferred Card Partner.