Twelve years after its National Theatre debut, and having played in eleven countries to over seven million people, War Horse comes to the Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre for a limited run in Autumn 2019
18 OCTOBER - 23 NOVEMBER 2019
TROUBADOUR WEMBLEY PARK THEATRE
At the outbreak of the First World War, Albert’s beloved horse, Joey, is sold to the cavalry and shipped over to France; although he is not old enough to enlist, Albert manages to join the army, and embarks on a mission to find his horse and bring him home.
Based on the acclaimed novel by Michael Morpurgo, this moving drama is a show of phenomenal inventiveness. At its heart are astonishing life-sized horses, created by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company.
“A remarkable achievement. . .an astonishing piece of theatre” – Time Out
“Heartbreakingly beautiful” – The Times
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About the Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre
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 an inaugural production – further programming is then to be announced.
The venue is a fully flexible 1,000 – 2,000 seat theatre from the award-winning team behind the King’s Cross Theatre. 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. In addition to a 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.
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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