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Meet Joey - the mechanical star of War Horse

Critically-acclaimed National Theatre show War Horse has opened in Birmingham.

ITV News Central went along to meet the star of the show - mechanical puppet Joey the War Horse - as well as some of the cast and crew.

Birmingham-born actor David Freeshman gets to know the mechanical steed
Birmingham-born actor David Freeshman gets to know the mechanical steed Credit: ITV News Central

The show tells the story of a young man and his beloved horse Joey, who gets sold to the Cavalry to help fight in World War I.

It will run at the Birmingham Hippodrome until November 9.

Mechanical star of the show - 'Joey' the War Horse - meets the cast
Mechanical star of the show - 'Joey' the War Horse - meets the cast Credit: ITV News Central

War Horse stage show opens in Birmingham

International stage hit War Horse has officially opened its UK tour in Birmingham - and boasts some home-grown talent.

Actor David Fleeshman, who plays Arthur, grew up in Kings Heath - but it is the first time he has played a theatre in his home city for 40 years.

The writer of the War Horse novel, Michael Morpungo, with lead actor David Fleeshman, who is from Birmingham
The writer of the War Horse novel, Michael Morpungo, with lead actor David Fleeshman, who is from Birmingham Credit: ITV News Central

David trained at the Birmingham Theatre School and Birmingham REP, and is known for recurring parts in Emmerdale and Coronation Street.

He also had a supporting role in recent Channel 4 drama The Mill.

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War Horse stage show is coming to Birmingham

The stage show has been a sell-out show in London and is now set to arrive in Birmingham Credit: ITV Central

It's been a successful book, film and a sell-out theatre production at the West End. Now the stage show of War Horse is coming to Birmingham.

The puppetry used in the show has been capturing audiences Credit: ITV Central

The story of the First World War told through the eyes of a horse has captured the hearts of audiences across the globe. But what's made the stage show stand out is its unique use of puppetry.

The show will run for four weeks at the Hippodrome from October 16th and according to producers promises to be just as inspiring and heart-warming as the West End production.

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