War Horse - Princess of Wales Theatre / National Theatre - animation and projection design by 59 Productions

Creative Team

Directors: Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris

Puppet Design and Fabrication: Basil Jones & Adrian Kohler

Designer/Drawings: Rae Smith

Projection & Animation Design 59 Productions

Lighting Designer: Paule Constable

Director of Movement: Toby Sedgwick

Songmaker: John Tams

Music: Adrian Sutton

Sound Designer: Christopher Shutt

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Tickets available from TicketKing

Fifty Nine Productions' Team


Mark Grimmer

Lysander Ashton

Leo Warner

Animation director:

Peter Stenhouse

Additional animation:

Zsolt Balogh
Lawrence Watson

Associate Designer

Benjamin Pearcy

War Horse - Toronto

Princess of Wales Theatre, Toronto


Toronto Reviews

'War Horse is bold, brave and beautiful and heart-stoppingly wonderful.'

**** out of 4 Toronto Star

'A magical show'

**** Globe and Mail

'In terms of staging techniques you might say that this is where Equus meets The Lion King, though there was nothing in The Lion King as shattering as this show’s first evocation of the actual shock of battle. It’s a confluence of design (Rae Smith), music (Adrian Sutton), lighting (Paule Constable) and, perhaps above all, projections (59 Productions) that are preternaturally stark, clear and economical.'

National Post

'Appreciation of War Horse is as much about how it is done as it is about the lure of a yarn that refuses to let us go. The use of projections of drawings on an overhead screen in the shaped of a torn page from a sketchbook, is nothing short of brilliant.'


'The show is visually stunning, emotionally heartbreaking and possesses the unique ability to unite an entire theatre filled with people of different age ranges and backgrounds in one common theatrical experience.'

Broadway World

About this project

War Horse premiered at the National Theatre in November 2007. After two sold-out runs, it moved to London's West End in March 2009 where it continues to play to capacity houses at the New London Theatre. Since opening at the Lincoln Center Theatre, New York, it has broken box office records and has won numerous awards, including 5 Tonys.

War Horse is a magnificent drama, filled with stirring music and beautiful songs. But it is more than just a compelling tale. This is a show of indescribable grandeur and sheer inventiveness - perhaps the most magical production ever staged for the Beaumont. There are breathing, galloping, charging horses on the stage - their flanks, hides and sinews built of steel, leather and aircraft cables. They are life-size puppets strong enough for men to ride. And that's just one element of this imaginative epic:

"Now and then the theatre throws up a piece of work so exhilarating that it makes you rejoice to be alive. WAR HORSE is just such an occasion... A sweeping drama of extraordinary power. Its sheer skill and invention are simply awe-inspiring."

The Times of London

"Straight after coming home from seeing WAR HORSE, I went online to book tickets to see it again. It is an extraordinary piece of theater that is at once both epic and intimate, absolutely guaranteed to move the heart. Everything about the production has an engrossing magnificence. A show for all ages and all time."

Sunday Express