War Horse Returns!


Some very, very exciting news has reached us here at Opening Night, Rufus Norris, director of the National Theatre, exclusively announced last night that the incredible 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 return to the Lowry on Tue 13th June 2018 and run until Fri 30 June. The dates will coincide with the national centenary commemorations of the end of the First World War.

The new dates follow two previous hugely successful runs at The Lowry – the first of which, back in 2013, was the most popular run of any show in The Lowry’s history, evidence of what a truly remarkable show this is.  Michael Morpurgo’s emotional 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.  Featuring ground-breaking puppetry work by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, which brings breathing, galloping horses to life on stage.


Directed by Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris, adapted by Nick Stafford, 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.

It is the kind of production that really leaves it’s mark, emotional, captivating and utterly mesmerising. An absolute must see!


Tickets will go on sale in the New Year, Opening Night would recommend booking tickets asap as they will no doubt be in very high demand. They will be available direct from the Lowry Box Office and through their online booking system http://www.thelowry.com

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