Amid the stirring pomp and ceremony of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, visitors are being treated to an unexpected but fitting addition to this yearâ€™s event. Until 16 August, Joey, the life-size puppet horse of the National Theatreâ€™s unforgettable and deeply moving production of War Horse, is making an appearance on Castle Esplanade just before the Tattooâ€™s spectacular firework finale.
Seen by over 4 million theatre-goers since its premier in 2007 and adapted intoÂ an Oscar nominatedÂ 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 manâ€™s land and Albert embarks upon a dangerous mission to rescue his beloved horse.
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 friendshipÂ at the Edinburgh Festival Theatre from 22 January – 15 February 2014.