War Horse in Hampshire

The puppeteers behind hit stage show War Horse will be in Southampton today, bringing equine star Joey to life.

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Joey the War Horse will star on our regions stages soon!

Video. It is one of the biggest box office hits of recent years. More than 4 million people have seen the National Theatre's production of War Horse since its premier in 2007. The show uses extraordinary, life-size puppets to tell the story of the vital role horses played in the First World War.

Now, they are heading to our region as Malcolm Shaw reports.

Pictures: Joey the War Horse in Southampton

Joey the horse puppet, who stars in the production War Horse Credit: Mayflower Theatre
The life-size puppet outside the Bargate in Southampton Credit: Mayflower Theatre

The life-size horse puppet Joey, who stars in the theatre production War Horse, has made a visit to Southampton this morning.

The Mayflower Theatre will host the show in February and March of next year.

The puppet is operated by a crew of three including, David Emmings (Joey head) Stuart Angell (Joey heart) and Michael Brett (Joey hind).

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Riding a War Horse

Joey, the life-sized puppet star of War Horse, will be in Southampton today. Operated by a crew of three, the puppet can actually be ridden by actors - for an illustration, have a look at this clip of scenes from the show.

Life-sized Joey puppet to visit Southampton

Joey, the equine start of the National Theatre's production of War Horse is due to make an appearance on the streets of Southampton later.

The life-sized horse puppet will be in the city, ahead of the touring production of the show arriving there next year.

Joey will be at the Bargate ahead of a puppetry demonstration hosted by Puppetry Director Jimmy Grimes, and the three puppeteers - David Emmings (Joey Head), Stuart Angell (Joey Heart) and Michael Brett (Joey Hind).

War Horse is the story of Albert and his beloved horse, Joey, who has been requisitioned to fight for the British in World War I. Caught in enemy crossfire, Joey ends up serving on both sides before landing in No Man's Land, while Albert, not old enough to enlist, embarks on a mission to find him.

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