We took Track 3 to Russia!

In June 2017, Theatre Movement Bazaar was invited to take our production of Track 3 for a short tour in Russia. We performed at the Chekhov International Theatre Festival in Moscow, and Theatre Boff in St. Petersburg. To perform our adaptation of Chekov’s Three Sisters in his homeland was an incredible experience. (scroll down to see a few photos of the trip!)

St. Basil’s Cathedral!
Our poster at Theatre of Nations
Scene from Track 3
The Three Sisters
Theatre Boff, St. Petersberg
Performing Track 3 at the Chekhov International Theatre Festival
Tech pre-performance
On our way to Moscow!
Prozorov Family
Theatre of Nations, Moscow
The Track 3 family in front of Theatre of Nations, Moscow.
Paying homage to the man himself (Chekhov).
Interior, Theatre of Nations

War Horse – the definitive guide


Later this evening, London says farewell to War Horse, after a record-breaking run. To mark the occasion (and in case it comes up in a pub quiz) we’ve produced a definitive guide to the show.


The show’s history

  • War Horse received its World Premiere at the National
    Theatre on 9 October 2007 and played in the Olivier for 92 performances until
    14 February 2008 and was seen by over 104,000 people.
  • War Horse returned to the National Theatre for a second run
    playing from 10 September 2008 until 18 March 2009 for a total of 114
    performances and was seen by a further 130,000 people.
  • War Horse transferred to the West End in 2009 with its first
    performance at the New London Theatre on 28 March 2009. War Horse will have its
    final performance at the New London Theatre on 12 March 2016 .
  • The New York production of War Horse opened on 14 April 2011
    at the Vivian Beaumont Theater at Lincoln Center and ran until 6 January 2013.
  • In February 2012 War Horse opened at the Princess of Wales
    Theatre, Toronto, and ran until 6 January 2013.
  • A US tour of War Horse began in Los Angeles on 14 June
    2012 visiting cities including San Francisco, Dallas, Boston, Washington
    DC, Chicago and Seattle, and toured North America until 22 June 2014.  It was followed by a visit to Tokyo, Japan in
    summer 2014.
  • An Australian production opened at the
    Melbourne Arts Centre State Theatre on 31 December 2012 and then toured to
    Sydney and Brisbane.
  • A tour of the UK and Ireland ran from September 2013 until February
    2015, visiting Plymouth, Birmingham, Salford,
    Edinburgh, Southampton, Dublin, Sunderland, Bradford, Cardiff, Salford (again),
    Stoke-on-Trent and Bristol.
  • In October 2013 a German language production called Gerfärhten opened at the historic Theater
    des Westens in Berlin, where it ran for a year.
  • In June 2014, a Dutch language production of War Horse
    premiered in the Netherlands at the Royal Theatre Carré in Amsterdam as part of
    the Holland Festival.  It toured around
    the Netherlands (Rotterdam, Breda, Groningen, Apeldoorn, Rotterdam, Heerlan)
    and then went on to Antwerp in Belgium where it was performed in Flemish from
    16 May – 14 June 2015.
  • War
    toured to South Africa from October 2014 until January 2015, playing in
    Johannesburg and Cape Town.  
  • A
    Chinese-language production of War Horse opened in autumn 2015 at the National Theatre of China’s
    theatre in Beijing followed by a tour including Shanghai and Guangzhou. This collaboration is part of a partnership
    between the National Theatre of Great Britain and the National Theatre of
  • War Horse was broadcast to over 1000 cinemas worldwide by National
    Theatre Live on 27 February 2014.
  • On 25 October 2012 War Horse celebrated 5 years since its
    world premiere at the National Theatre. The celebrations at the New London
    Theatre were attended by an audience including Olympians, Paralympians, actors,
    sports stars and presenters.  It is now
    in its eighth year in London.
  • A BBC
    War Horse Prom inspired by the play and Michael Morpurgo’s novel took place on
    Sunday 3 August 2014 as part of the centenary commemorations of World War
    One.  It featured a new suite created by Adrian Sutton from his score for the
    original production, as well as other music from the period with performers
    including the Proms Military Wives Choir and Gareth Malone.
  • John
    Tams performed his song ‘Only Remembered’ from War Horse at the Royal British
    Legion Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall on 9 November 2014.
  • A
    second UK tour of War Horse will begin in Canterbury in September 2017, and
    tour to Bristol, Liverpool, Oxford, Brighton, Bradford and Nottingham.

Audience statistics

  • By the time its West End run closes at the New London
    Theatre this evening, War Horse will have been seen by 2.7 million people
    in London and over 7 million people worldwide.
  • In February 2011 the 1 millionth patron to see the
    production in London met with writer Michael Morpurgo and was photographed with
    puppet horses Joey and Topthorn.
  • The National Theatre Live screening of the West End production in
    February 2014 was seen by over 350,000 people world-wide – breaking previous UK
    records for NT Live.
  • War Horse has been seen by The Queen, Prince Philip, Princess Anne,
    Prince William and Prince Harry as well as other famous faces including Michael
    Caine, Rupert Everett, Ethan Hawke, James Earl Jones, Tommy Lee Jones, Keira
    Knightley, Annie Lennox, Ian McKellen, Helen Mirren, Miranda Richardson, Alan
    Rickman, Meg Ryan, Will Smith, Steven Spielberg, Hilary Swank, Alec Baldwin,
    Natalie Portman, Cate Blanchett, Susan Sarandon, Sharon Stone, Diana Ross,
    Diane Keaton, William Shatner, Barbara Walters, Hugh Jackman, Ricki Lake, Kate
    Winslet, George Lucas, Blythe Danner, Joan Rivers, John McEnroe, Queen Latifah,
    Martin Sheen, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Billy Crystal, Sting,
    Madonna, Guy Ritchie, Angela Lansbury, Elaine Stritch, Michael Buble, Penelope
    Cruz, Javier Bardem, Martin Clunes, Liza Minnelli, Nicole Scherzinger, Gary
    Barlow, Sir Bob Geldof, Tom Daley, Philip Schofield, Tana Ramsay, John Hurt,
    Natalie Gumede, Sir Steve Redgrave, Bill Bailey, Elizabeth Jagger, Greg
    Rutherford, Mary Berry and Ronnie Wood,
  • Having seen the show at the New London Theatre, Steven Spielberg
    commissioned a new film adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s novel, which premiered
    in January 2012 and starred Jeremy Irvine, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston
    and Emily Watson. 

The puppets

  • The puppets in War Horse were created by Adrian Kohler and
    Basil Jones of South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, based in Cape Town.
  • It takes eight months to build a complete set of puppets for
    War Horse; they are handmade by 14 craftsmen and women.
  • The finished horse puppets weigh approximately 43 kilos for
    the body, including the puppeteers’ backpacks, and another 7.7 kilos for the
    head. They are made of cane, leather and tyvec, a material used in book-binding
    (for the manes and tails). The torso is reinforced with aluminium and able to
    carry a rider on top.
  • Joey, Topthorn and Joey as a Foal are each operated by three
    puppeteers – the Head, the Heart and the Hind. The three puppeteers work
    together to create the character of each horse and to produce the horse
  • Puppeteers train for eight weeks before they begin
    performing. Their training includes basic principles of puppetry before they
    work specifically on creating the horses.
  • War Horse has 23 puppets, including horses Joey and
    Topthorn, as well as a goose, two swallows and two crows.  


United Kingdom

  • 2007 Evening Standard Award for Set Design – Rae Smith and
    Handspring Puppet Company
  • 2007 Critics’ Circle Award for Set Design – Rae Smith and Handspring
    Puppet Company
  • 2007 Laurence Olivier Awards for Set Design – Rae Smith and
    Handspring Puppet Company
  • 2007 Laurence Olivier Awards for Best Theatre Choreographer
    – Toby Sedgwick
  • 2012 Whatsonstage Best West End Show Award
  • 2015 Mousetrap Award for Best Play

United States

  • 2011 Outer Critics’ Circle Award for Outstanding New
    Broadway Play
  • 2011 Outer Critics’ Circle Award for Outstanding Director of
    a Play – Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris
  • 2011 Outer Critics’ Circle Award Outstanding Lighting Design
    – Paule Constable
  • 2011 Outer Critics’ Circle Special Achievement Award – Basil
    Jones and Adrian Kohler
  • 2011 Drama Desk Special Award for Thrilling Stagecraft
  • 2011 World Theatre Award – Dorothy Loudon Award for
    Excellence -Seth Numrich
  • 2011 Broadway.com Audience Awards Favourite Play
  • 2011 Drama League Awards – Distinguished Production of a
  • 2011 Special Tony Award – Handspring Puppet Company
  • 2011 Tony Award – Best Play
  • 2011 Tony Award for Best Director of a Play – Marianne Elliott
    and Tom Morris
  • 2011 Tony Award for Best Scenic Design of a Play – Rae Smith
  • 2011 Tony Award for Best Lighting Design of a Play – Paule
  • 2011 Tony Award for Best Sound Design of a Play –
    Christopher Shutt

South Africa

  • Fleur du Cap Award for Best Puppetry Design


  • 2012 Toronto Theatre Critics Awards Best Design – The
    creative team of War Horse
  • 2012 Toronto Dora Awards Outstanding Costume Design – Rae
    Smith, Adrian Kohler with Basil Jones for Handspring Puppet Company for War
  • 2012 Toronto Dora Awards Outstanding Choreography – Toby
    Sedgwick for War Horse
  • 2012 Toronto Dora Awards Audience Choice Award – War Horse

US Tour

  • 2012 Best Presented Production – LA Ovation Awards

General information

  • War Horse runs for approximately 2 hours and 40 minutes
    including one interval
  • Suitable for 10 years plus
  • Over 950 people have been employed world-wide on War Horse

So, there you go. Everything you could want to know about War Horse. Now, there’s just one thing left for Joey to do: say goodbye to London.


Bye, Joey!

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Well, this looks delightful. I should probably go see this.


The Beaux Stratagem rehearsal images

The ‘Beaux’: Mr Aimwell and Mr Archer, two charming, dissolute young men
who have blown their fortunes in giddy London. Shamed and debt-ridden,
they flee to provincial Lichfield. Their ‘Stratagem’: to marry for

But their greatest obstacle is love. When the Beaux meet their match in
Dorinda and Mrs Sullen they are most at risk, for in love they might be
truly discovered.

The Beaux Stratagem is playing from 19 May. Find out more and book tickets.

It will be broadcast live to cinemas world-wide on 3 Septmber. Find your nearest venue.