War Horse Comes to London at the Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre
WAR HORSE COMES TO WEMBLEY PARK
Twelve years after its National Theatre debut, the critically acclaimed War Horse returns to London in 2019 at the Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre. Playing for a limited run in the brand new theatre space in London’s newest lifestyle hotspot, War Horse in theatre is an unforgettable experience.
18 OCTOBER – 23 NOVEMBER 2019
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WHAT IS WAR HORSE ABOUT
War Horse returns to theatre in London, bringing its powerful story line and incredible drama.
At the outbreak of World War One, a young boy, Albert finds his beloved horse, Joey, is sold to the Cavalry and sent to France. Soon caught up in enemy fire, fate takes Joey on an extraordinary journey which ends with him alone in no man’s land. Albert, who is not old enough to enlist and has remained on his parents farm in Devon, cannot forget Joey and embarks on his own treacherous mission to bring him home.
Based on the beloved novel by Michael Morpurgo (and later adapted into the 2011 War Horse film), this powerfully moving and imaginative drama , filled with stirring music and songs, is a show of phenomenal inventiveness. At its heart are astonishing life-sized horses by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, who bring breathing, galloping, charging horses to thrilling life on stage.
War Horse in theatre takes audiences on a remarkable journey from the fields of rural Devon to the trenches of First World War France.
WAR HORSE IN THEATRE REVIEWS
‘Genius isn’t too strong a word to describe this astonishing production.’
‘Be sure not to miss this stunning show.’
‘A remarkable achievement… an astonishing piece of theatre.’
Top ten facts about Joey
Joey, the star puppet weighs 120lbs and was handcrafted by fourteen people; its frame is mostly made of cane, which has been soaked, bent to shape, and stained.
An aluminium frame runs along the puppet’s spine, allowing the horse to be ridden, and can weigh up to 300lbs with a rider.
It takes three puppeteers to control Joey: one at the head for the ears and head movement, one in the middle for breathing and front leg movement, and one the tail and back legs.
The puppeteer and the puppet are connected at the spine, so the puppeteers’ movement create a unique effect of breathing.
Joey’s ears and tail, rather than the the lips or eyelids, are moveable, in order to reflect a horse’s main communication methods.
Two levers connected with cables to a bicycle brake control the movement of Joey’s ears.
Joey’s eyes have been specially made to sparkle at a distance with black resin encased in a clear resin to reflect light.
The hair in Joey’s mane and tail is made from Tyvek, a plastic-like paper commonly used in construction.
Joey’s left hind lever will move the tail side-to-side, while the right hind lever will move the tail up and down. If you move them together, it creates a spiral.
Rather like a real horse, Joey is 10ft long and 8ft high, with over 20 major joints to create life-like movement; he even has vertical levers to curl the knees and lift the hooves.
FINDING THE TROUBADOUR WEMBLEY PARK THEATRE
Wembley Park is easy to reach from central London with three tube lines and an overland line. The Jubilee Line offers access to Bond Street in 19 minutes from Wembley Park Station. The Metropolitan Line has fewer stops to reach Wembley Park Station, and many people swap onto it at Baker Street or Finchley Road. The journey time from Baker Street to Wembley Park Station is 12 minutes. The Bakerloo Underground Line is accessed from Wembley Central Station, offering access to Paddington, Charing Cross and Waterloo. The London Overground Line also runs from Wembley Central Station and gets you to Clapham Junction in 22 minutes.
Wembley Park has over 3,000 secure car parking spaces. Wembley Park’s official marshalled car parks are all close to Wembley Park’s iconic venues. The nearest car park to the SSE Arena Wembley is the Gold Car park