Rufus Norris, director of the National Theatre, announced last night that War Horse will return to The Lowry in 2018. 

Speaking at a special ‘In Conversation’ event with The Lowry’s chief executive, Julia Fawcett OBE, Norris confirmed the acclaimed production will run at the Salford arts centre from Tue 13 – Fri 30 June 2018.

The dates will coincide with the national centenary commemorations of the end of the First World War.The new dates follow two previous runs at The Lowry – the first of which, in 2013, was the most popular run of any show in The Lowry’s history. 

Michael Morpurgo’s remarkable story of courage, loyalty and friendship, about a young boy called Albert and his horse Joey, set against the backdrop of the First World War is the most successful play in the National Theatre’s history. It features ground-breaking puppetry work by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, which brings breathing, galloping horses to life on stage.

War Horse received its world premiere on 9 October 2007 at the National Theatre, running for two seasons before transferring to the New London Theatre from March 2009 until March 2016. War Horse, has been seen by over seven million people worldwide in 97 cities and 10 countries. There have been productions in New York, Toronto and Berlin, and tours of the UK and Ireland, South Africa, North America, the Netherlands and Belgium, and most recently China. It has received 25 awards including the Tony Award for Best Play.


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