Page extent: 104
ISBN: 9781849430593
Binding: PaperBack

The Horse's Mouth: How Handspring and the National Theatre made War Horse

Mervyn Millar

PaperBack (01 Dec 2011)

‘This story – the story of making the first show – is our record of how uncertain, optimistic, idealistic and naïve we felt back then. It’s the spark underneath each new version and each fresh company who bring the fuel and the heat to inspire every production of War Horse.’ - Mervyn Millar

This second edition of The Horse’s Mouth follows the production of War Horse, a play adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s novel, from early concept workshops to one of the most beguiling and original plays ever staged by the National Theatre, the actors working with magnificent,life-sized puppets to take the audience on a gripping journey through history. The Horse’s Mouth is a fascinating, behind-the-scenes story of how this acclaimed and highly technical piece of theatre was achieved. In his new Introduction, Mervyn Millar describes how ‘the journey from improbable idea to long-running show has seen our production change.’

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ISBN13 9781849430593
Binding PaperBack
Page Extent 104


'A landmark theatre event. Thrilling.' Time Magazine

'A remarkable achievement…an astonishing piece of theatre.' Time Out

'An excellent publication... At all times, Millar’s writing is clear, pacy and illuminating, and the illustrations – which include four pages of colour photographs – are fabulous. Don’t bother to see the film version: spent your money on this lovely book.' Aleks Sierz

'A story of how an astonishing piece of theatre came about' The Stage

'Definitely one for the drama department library' Teaching Drama