War Horse

Narrated from an unusual perspective, Michael Morpurgo’€™s War Horse tells a powerful story of humanity and friendship that touches people of all ages.

In 1914, Joey, a young farm horse, is sold to the army and thrust into the midst of the war on the Western Front. With his officer, he charges towards the enemy, witnessing the horror of the frontline. But even in the desolation of the trenches, Joey’€™s courage touches the soldiers around him.

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Petworth Literary Festival

On Saturday 27th October, Michael took part in the Petworth Literary Festival. His event was the first of the festival and took place in St Mary’s Church. The event was around War Horse, and Michael was joined by the original Song Man from the National Theatre production of War… Read More

The War Horse cast visit Iddesleigh

On 31 Aug, Michael showed the cast of War Horse around his home village Iddesleigh. After reading them the prologue to War Horse, he showed the cast around and spoke about the inspiration behind the book. Here are some lovely pictures from the day!… Read More

War Horse: The Story in Concert – Edinburgh

Michael Morpurgo’s emotionally-charged story narrated live by the author, with specially arranged music performed by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra 4:00pm, Sunday 18 November 2018.  More information here. Read More

War Horse: The Story in Concert – Leeds

Date: Sun 25 November  Venue: Victoria Hall Orchestra of Opera North St Peter’s Singers David Angus – conductor Michael Morpurgo – narrator In the centenary year marking the end of the First World War, the Orchestra of Opera North performs War Horse: The Story in Concert. With guest… Read More

Michael Morpurgo in concert this Autumn and Christmas!

Don’t miss the chance to see Michael performing his spellbinding storytelling live, at unforgettable events around the country and abroad. The War Horse concert, first performed at the Albert Hall in London in 2016 will be coming to Leeds and Edinburgh this Autumn on 18 November and 25 November. Read More

War Horse – 2018/2019 UK Tour

“An entertainment phenomenon… powerfully moving and imaginative.” – Daily Telegraph Following 8 record-record breaking years in London’s West End and having played in 11 countries around the world to over 7 million people, the National Theatre’s acclaimed play War Horse is now on a UK tour. About the show:… Read More

The Play’s the Thing – Michael Morpurgo on War Horse

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War Horse to return to the National Theatre to mark Armistice Day centenary year

To mark the 100th anniversary of the Armistice, the National Theatre will revive War Horse in the Lyttelton Theatre for a limited run – 8 November 2018 to 5 January 2019. The Olivier Award-winning production, based on Michael Morpurgo’s bestselling 1982 novel, will celebrate 100 years since the First World War… Read More

New Michael Morpurgo story to be performed at Passchendaele event

A new exclusive short story by Michael Morpurgo will be performed in Belgium to mark the centenary of the First World War’s battle of Passchedaele. Michael’s live reading of From Farm Horse To War Horse, which he wrote especially for the national commemorations on Sunday 30th July. The event will take place  at… Read More

War Horse Returns to the Stage: 2017-2018 UK Tour

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War Horse puppets to be auctioned for charity

Puppets from the successful stage play War Horse are to be sold for charity.   The puppets are being sold in aid of the Handspring Trust, a charity for puppet theatre arts. To read the story in full, click here [Photo credit: Brinkhoff/Mögenburg]… Read More

War Horse – featured on Blue Peter!

In celebration of the opening of Seven Stories’ Michael Morpurgo exhibit, A Lifetime in Stories, the BBC’s Blue Peter took a look at some of the pieces from the exhibit. Watch the episode on iPlayer now, and from 18:15 you could see the first ever handwritten draft of War Horse! Simply… Read More

Michael Morpurgo: why we should remember the first world war

Speaking to The Guardian Children’s book site back in 2014, Michael Morpurgo explores how the first world war still looms large in our imagination. He also describes what it’s like to watch War Horse performed in a theatre once frequented by Hitler, how he’s not a hero,… Read More

‘To get some understanding of what it was like to be a soldier in the first world war, younger readers need Michael Morpurgo like no other.’

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National Theatre announces UK tour of War Horse

The National Theatre’s acclaimed production of War Horse, begins a major tour of the UK on 15 September 2017 at the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury, where it will run until 14 October 2017. War Horse will then tour to the Bristol Hippodrome (18 October – 11 November 2017),… Read More

War Horse reading at the Royal Albert Hall

This October, Michael Morpurgo will read his poignant and emotionally-charged novel at the Royal Albert Hall, accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra. This wonderfully unique event will feature a specially-arranged score by Adrian Sutton and John Tams, inspired by the music from the National Theatre production of War Horse. Drawing live on… Read More

War Horse team unite for farewell

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War Horse returns to Hippodrome, autumn 2017

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UK tour of War Horse to include Empire Theatre Liverpool

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Joey from War Horse visits Evelina London Children’s Hospital

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Michael Morpurgo, the celebrated author of War Horse is making a special guest appearance as a villager in the West End production at the New London Theatre on Thursday 10 December 2015 at 7.30pm. This will be followed by a post-show Q and A, which is free to everyone attending… Read More

War Horse goes to Belgium to mark the centenary of the Christmas truce in the first world war

To commemorate 100 years since the famous Christmas Truce took place, Michael Morpurgo brought Joey, the world-famous War Horse puppet, home to Ypres. “Joey may have been born in my mind’s eye, on the farm in Devon where I live … But the roots of his story and my story… Read More

War Horse’s Joey and Michael Morpurgo visit The Tower of London Poppies

  Best-selling author Michael Morpurgo joined Joey, the life-size horse puppet and star of the National Theatre’s production of War Horse, to visit the poppies installation at the Tower of London on Sunday 19 October. Joey walked amongst the poppies and Michael Morpurgo planted a poppy before reading the Roll… Read More

Michael Morpurgo on performing War Horse at the 2014 BBC Proms

On August 3rd 2014 Michael became part of a cast at Prom 22: The War Horse Prom, part of this year’s BBC Proms held at the Royal Albert Hall in London. In this very special BookD interview, Michael reflects on his experiences performing with a cast and sharing such… Read More

This summer you can not only READ War Horse by Michael Morpurgo but you can sit on a War Horse bench

This summer you can not only READ War Horse by Michael Morpurgo but you can sit on a War Horse bench while you do it! War Horse is one of just fifty books chosen by the National Literacy Trust to feature in an exciting new art event, Books about Town,… Read More

War Horse opens in Amsterdam

From 30 May until 28 September 2014, Dutch theatre fans can enjoy the first Dutch-language production of the acclaimed ‘War Horse’ at Royal Theatre Carré. Find out more at www.carre.nl… Read More

A collection of powerful words and pictures about the war that changed our world

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Michael Morpurgo addresses the ‘Pity of War’

Michael Morpurgo’s strong opinions on the most fitting way to commemorate the First World War’s 100th anniversary were outlined in his talk tonight at Wiltshire’s Bowood House on the theme, ‘War Horse and the Pity of War: Writing about the First World War’. Addressing a gathering of 100 guests in… Read More

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Hundreds of people gathered in a quiet village in Devon to welcome the War Horse puppet home. Children cheered as life-sized puppet Joey galloped through Iddesleigh which is home to the book’s author Michael Morpurgo. “To bring Joey back to where he was born and grew up is… Read More

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War Horse – The Concert is a reading by its author Michael Morpurgo with songs from John Tams and Barry Coope in this heart-felt journey from peaceful Devon to the devastating consequences of the Great War made real by a horse who didn’t have the human frailty of taking sides. Read More

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The cast of hit West End show War Horse has appeared at the Olympic Park, as Equestrian events get underway. Joey the horse was accompanied with his handler and Captain Nicholls, played by actor Alex Avery. Head over to the BBC website to see a clip. Read More

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The National Army Museum is delighted to announce that its latest special exhibition, War Horse: Fact & Fiction, has been nominated for a Museums + Heritage award in the Temporary or Touring Exhibition category. The War Horse: Fact & Fiction exhibition explores the hugely popular Michael Morpurgo novel… Read More

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Read a fantastic interview with Michael as he talks about the forthcoming exhibition ‘War Horse: Fact and Fiction’ at the National Army Museum in London and the film adaptation of ‘War Horse’. Read the full Telegraph article here. Read More

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A beautiful new poster for Steven Spielberg’s film adaptation of War Horse is online. What do you think of it?… Read More

First War Horse trailer online

The first trailer for War Horse, the Steven Spielberg film adaptation is available online now. Watch it and let us know what you think! The film is released on 13th January 2012. Read More

Praise for War Horse as it premieres on Broadway

War Horse premiered on Broadway last night and Michael made the journey to see the performance. Praise has been coming in thick and fast following the debut and you can read some of the reviews below… Bloomberg | AM New York Theater Review | Beaumont… Read More