National Theatre’s War Horse at The Bristol Hippodrome – Joey Puppetry Demonstration

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Iconic horse puppet Joey, from the National Theatre’s production of War Horse has been parading the sights of Bristol today.

The life sized horse, which is operated by three puppeteers visited the Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol Hippodrome and Cabot Circus to the delight of spectators.


Puppetry Director Matthew Forbes along with Songman Ben Murray and Joey himself, gave Bristol theatre goers an exciting insight into the history, design and operation of the fully grown horse.

The multi-award winning show – War Horse – which has been seen by more than 7 million people across the world-  is an adaptation from Michael Morpurgo’s book, beloved of teachers nationwide.

It’s an astonishing ten years since the play first premiered to enthralled audiences at the National Theatre back 2007.


Created by Bristol Old Vic’s artistic director Tom Morris with direction by Marianne Elliot, the story follows the fortunes of young Albert and his horse Joey, all set against the backdrop of the First World War.

Much of the beauty of the show centres on the horse itself, created by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company.

The show has already visited the city back in 2015, when it played to sell out audiences at the popular Bristol Hippodrome theatre.

Original author Michael Morpurgo spoke about the fresh new UK tour saying: “After a few months rest, out at pasture, Joey, the War Horse and his great team from the National Theatre, will be touring the UK again, from 2017 through to 2018 and the centenary of the end of the First World War. The NT will be taking their show all over the country, to towns and cities, many of them places War Horse has not been seen before. I am so pleased this is happening; that so many more people will have the chance to enjoy this unique theatrical event. Steady boy, steady Joey. Trot on!”

War Horse will be at the Bristol Hippodrome from 18 October to 11 November 2017, following a sell-out run at the theatre in January 2015.

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