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Global phenomenon War Horse is returning to Liverpool Empire

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Global phenomenon War Horse is returning to Liverpool Empire
Credit: War Horse

The National Theatre’s global smash-hit production of War Horse, the unforgettable theatrical event based on Michael Morpurgo’s beloved novel, is returning to Liverpool.

The National Theatre’s global sensation, War Horse, gallops back into the spotlight at the Liverpool Empire Theatre from Tuesday 8 to Saturday 19 April 2025.

War Horse has captured the hearts of millions worldwide, winning over 25 major awards and enchanting audiences with its powerful storytelling and groundbreaking puppetry.

War Horse tells the remarkable story of a young boy called Albert and his horse Joey, set against the backdrop of the First World War.  This powerfully moving and imaginative drama is a show of phenomenal inventiveness, filled with stirring music and songs, featuring ground-breaking puppetry work by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, which brings breathing, galloping, charging, horses to thrilling life on stage and has inspired a generation of theatre-makers since its premiere in 2007. 

Credit: War Horse
Credit: War Horse

At the outbreak of World War One, Joey, young Albert’s beloved horse, is sold to the Cavalry and shipped to France. He’s soon caught up in enemy fire, and fate takes him on an extraordinary journey, serving on both sides before finding himself alone in no man’s land. Albert, who remained on his parents’ Devon farm, cannot forget Joey. Though still not old enough to enlist he embarks on a treacherous mission to find him and bring him home. 

This tour marks 110 years since the start of the First World War and follows the 40th anniversary of the publication of Michael Morpurgo’s global best-selling novel, which has now sold over 35 million copies world-wide and in 37 different languages. 

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 14 countries, including productions on Broadway, in Toronto and Berlin, with touring productions in the UK and Ireland, North America, the Netherlands and Belgium.  

War Horse returns to Liverpool Empire on Tue 8 – Sat 19 April 2025. Tickets go on sale from 16 May 2024, at 10am.

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