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The global phenomenon returns

The National Theatre’s acclaimed production returns in an all-new UK tour. War Horse is an unforgettable theatrical experience which takes audiences on an extraordinary journey from the fields of rural Devon to the trenches of First World War France. Based on the beloved novel by Michael Morpurgo, this powerfully moving and imaginative drama, filled with stirring music and songs, is a show of phenomenal inventiveness. At its heart are astonishing life-sized horses by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, who bring breathing, galloping, charging horses to thrilling life on stage.

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 Joey and bring him home.

★★★★★ ‘An entertainment phenomenon’ Daily Telegraph

★★★★★ ‘Be sure not to miss this stunning show’ The Times

★★★★★ ‘An extraordinary piece of theatre, absolutely guaranteed to move the heart.’ Sunday Express

WINNER! 5 Tony Awards® including BEST PLAY


Theatre — Mayflower Theatre


From £15

Running Time

Approx. 2 hrs 50 mins including an interval

Age Advice

Recommended age 10+

No under 2s permitted


This production uses strobe lighting and may contain haze effects

This event takes place at

Mayflower Theatre

Commercial Road, Southampton, SO15 1GE 

Street level access to our foyer & Box Office is through the main entrance on Commercial Road.

Looking out at the empty red Mayflower Theatre auditorium with the house lights up

Further information


Discounts do not apply to zone F and do not apply to Friday and Saturday performances unless otherwise stated. All discounts are subject to availability and can be removed at any time

Executive Membership £6.00 off zones A-B at all performances or 20% off two tickets on Tue 8 October 2024
Executive Plus Membership £6.00 off zones A-B at all performances or 20% off four tickets on Tue 8 October 2024

Access Member Discount £5.00 off all zones

Young Person Under 16 £5.00 off

Groups (10+) £5.00 off*
Groups (20+) £6.00 off and one free ticket with every 20 purchased*

Schools/Young Persons Groups (10+) Tickets £20.00 Mon-Thu performances only plus one free supervisor with every 10 purchased. All additional supervisors are standard price**

*Not available online – please call 02380 711811
**Not available online – please email


   Touch Tour

Mon 14 October 2024 at 5:30pm

To accompany the audio described performance of War Horse we are running a Touch Tour before the show at Mayflower Theatre. The Touch Tour will take place from 5:30pm-6:00pm before the evening performance.

A Touch Tour allows visually impaired patrons and those supporting them, the opportunity to familiarise themselves with elements of set, props and costumes before attending the show.

Please arrive 5-10 minutes before the Touch Tour begins.

To book your place on the Touch Tour please contact our Box Office on 02380 711811.

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