By special invitation, award-winning Sherborne Abbey Festival has arranged for National Theatre puppeteers and the magnificent life-size horse ‘Joey’ to make a guest appearance at the performance of War Horse Only Remembered, taking place on Saturday 7th November at Sherborne Abbey. Poignantly, this special performance takes place during Remembrance weekend. Although the evening performance has largely sold out, restricted view tickets are still available at just £8.

Earlier that day, at 3.30pm, globally acclaimed Joey will make a photo call at Sherborne Abbey. This is a unique opportunity for fans of War Horse, locals and young people to meet him close up.

Festival Artistic Director, John Baker, said: “It is such an honour for the Festival, and for Sherborne, that the National Theatre has accepted our invitation to visit the town with Joey and his puppeteers. The photo call, and Joey’s guest appearance later that evening with Michael Morpurgo, is our way of saying thank you to all our supporters, and we especially hope that as many young people as possible will come along at 3.30pm for what promises to be a memorable occasion”.

During the main performance of War Horse Only Remembered, which starts at 8pm, author Michael Morpurgo tells the powerful and deeply-moving story of young Albert and his beloved horse Joey. Seen through the eyes of Joey, who witnesses the pity of war on both sides of the trenches, as he moves from life on a farm in peaceful Devon to the devastation of the Western Front in the First World War.

Michael is joined by acclaimed musicians John Tams and Barry Coope, who accompany him with the rousing yet haunting songs specially composed by John Tams for the National Theatre’s award-winning production of War Horse.

Michael Morpurgo says: “War Horse the book was inspired by a fireside chat in a Devon pub, over 30 years ago, with a veteran of the First World War. It has since been a National Theatre play, a symphony concert piece, a radio play and the Spielberg movie. But this concert version adapted by John Tams (the song-maker of the NT production, now four years into its London run) and sung by John Tams himself and Barry Coope, is the closest of all the adaptations to the original book, in which the voice of the storyteller is the voice of Joey, the horse on a Devon farm, sold away to the army to go to the front in 1914. And it’s the version in which, as the reader of the story on stage, I am most involved. Every time I read it, with John and Barry’s glorious music interwoven with the words, I feel as if I’m telling it for the first time, as if I was there, as the old soldier in the pub was, all those years ago.”

Joey, along with the evening’s cast and the author of War Horse, Michael Morpurgo, will also be available for the audience to meet after the performance.

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