Festival Theatre Edinburgh is delighted to announce the return of the National Theatre’s award-winning production of WAR HORSEfor a three and a half week run from Wednesday 18 April to Saturday 12 May 2018.

WAR HORSE begins a major tour of the UK in September 2017 in Canterbury, before touring to Bristol, Liverpool, Oxford, Brighton, Bradford, Nottingham and then Edinburgh. Tickets will be on sale to Friends from 29 August; Groups from 5 September and on General sale from 19 September 2016.

War Horse returns to Festival Theatre Edinburgh following its completely sold run of 31 performances in January 2014.  Seen by over 55,000 people, it remains the highest grossing show in the theatre’s 20 year history.

The return of War Horse will follow the equally highly anticipated return of the National Theatre’s adaptation of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (20-25 Feb 2016) and a run of the National Theatre and Bristol Old Vic’s widely acclaimed adaptation of Charlotte Bronte’s masterpiece Jane Eyre at the Festival Theatre in May 2017.

Festival Theatre Edinburgh is delighted to be working with the National Theatre to bring drama productions of huge scale and ambition to Scotland. The relationship has established a style of ‘event theatre’ shows not usually seen outside of the Edinburgh International Festival.

Duncan Hendry, Chief Executive of the Festival and King’s Theatre’s says: ‘We had the great honour of bringing War Horse to Scotland for the first time in January 2014 and we’re delighted to be bringing it back in 2018. Our relationship with the National Theatre has allowed us to offer our audiences exclusive opportunities to see these award-winning dramas and we look forward to bringing shows of the same outstanding quality as War Horse and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time to Scotland.’

National Theatre Producer Kash Bennett adds:  ‘We are thrilled to return to the Festival Theatre, Edinburgh with War Horse and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and bring Sally Cookson’s energetic production of Jane Eyre to Edinburgh for the first time.  We love Edinburgh audiences and are looking forward to bringing these three extraordinary productions to the City in 2017/18.’

War Horse, which has been seen by over seven million people worldwide, completed its record-breaking eight year London run at the New London Theatre on 12 March 2016.  It has won 25 awards including the Tony Award for Best Play on Broadway.  Directed by Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris, Nick Stafford’s adaptation of 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, where it played for two seasons before opening at the New London Theatre in March 2009.  Since then, War Horse has been seen in 97 cities in 10 countries, including productions on Broadway, in Toronto and Berlin, with touring productions in the UK and Ireland, North America, the Netherlands and Belgium.  A Chinese-language production  is currently running in Beijing.

Michael Morpurgo said:  ‘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, 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 is directed by Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris, designed by Rae Smith, with puppet direction, design and fabrication by Basil Jones and Adrian Kohler for Handspring Puppet Company, lighting by Paule Constable, and movement and horse choreography by Toby Sedgwick, with video design by Leo Warner and Mark Grimmer for 59 Productions, songmaker John Tams, music by Adrian Sutton and sound by Christopher Shutt.

War Horseis produced on tour by the National Theatre - www.warhorseonstage.com

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