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War Horse comes to Edinburgh

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Amid the stirring pomp and ceremony of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, visitors are being treated to an unexpected but fitting addition to this year’s event. Until 16 August, Joey, the life-size puppet horse of the National Theatre’s unforgettable and deeply moving production of War Horse, is making an appearance on Castle Esplanade just before the Tattoo’s spectacular firework finale.

Life-size War Horse puppet at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Life-size War Horse puppet at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Seen by over 4 million theatre-goers since its premier in 2007 and adapted into an Oscar nominated film directed by Steven Spielburg, War Horse tells the story of Albert and Joey, a farm horse who is requisitioned by the British Armed Forces during the First World War. Caught between enemy crossfire, Joey ends up stranded in no man’s land and Albert embarks upon a dangerous mission to rescue his beloved horse.

Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

The spectacular finale of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Featuring a breathtaking score by Olivier Award-winning composer Adrian Sutton and innovative puppetry by the Handspring Puppet Company which brings breathing, galloping horses to the stage, you can see this acclaimed tale of courage and friendship at the Edinburgh Festival Theatre from 22 January – 15 February 2014.

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