War Horse

Dutch premiere

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The phenomenal international theatre hit War Horse is playing at the theatre Carré with an all-Dutch cast. War Horse recounts the powerfully moving story of a boy and his horse, against the backdrop of the First World War. When Albert’s horse Joey is sold to be sent into battle, he follows him and risks his life in the hope they will once again be reunited.
In the midst of the thrilling action on the battlefield, the life-size horses, developed by the famous Handspring Puppet Company, take the limelight. Brought to life on stage by the incomparable puppeteers, you would swear they were made of flesh and blood: noble animals which win our hearts and make us realize the madness of war.


War Horse runs from 30 May till 28 September in Koninklijk Theater Carré. Via this site you can order tickets for the performances from 1 till 29 June. 

For a complete list of play dates and ticket sales please check Koninklijk Theater Carré.

The prices of the matinee on Sunday 8 June differs from what is mentioned in the programme pocket, because this performance was added to the playlist after the pocket was printed.

‘Genius isn’t too strong a word to describe this astonishing production.’

The Daily Telegraph


based on a novel by
Michael Morpurgo
Nick Stafford
in association with
Handspring Puppet Company
translation by
Tom Kleijn
National Theatre of Great Britain
Kay Greidanus (Albert)
Jochum ten Haaf (Friedrich)
Bas Keijzer (Ted)
Annick Boer (Rose)
Hylke van Sprundel (Nicholls)
Filip Bolluyt (Arthur)
Remco Sietsema (Songman)

Background information

The remarkable story of War Horse is based on the novel by British author Michael Morpurgo, adapted by Nick Stafford and created in association with the Handspring Puppet Company. Since its premiere in London in 2007 War Horse has attracted over 5 million visitors worldwide. The show has entered its seventh season of sold-out performances in London's West End, it's been touring Great-Britain and Ireland, has embarked on an extensive US tour and has recently opened a new production in Berlin. The Broadway production has won five Tony Awards.

At the outbreak of World War I, Joey, the beloved horse of the young boy Albert, is sold to the cavalry and shipped to France. The horse is soon caught up in the war, taking him on an extraordinary odyssey, serving on both sides before finding himself alone in no man's land. But Albert cannot forget Joey and still not old enough to enlist in the British Army, he embarks on a dangerous mission to find the horse and bring him back home. A remarkable story about courage, loyalty and friendship, War Horse features groundbreaking puppetry by the South-African Handspring Puppet Company, which bring the horses to life on stage.

War Horse was originally directed by Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris, the set design is by Rae Smith, lighting design by Paule Constable and horse choreography by Toby Sedgwick. The puppeteers are Basil Jones and Adrian Kohler, videos design is by 59 Productions Ltd., song lyrics by John Tams, music by Adrian Sutton and sound design by Christopher Shutt. The translation for the Dutch version is by Tom Kleijn.

War Horse will run until the end of September at Carré and will subsequently tour five theatres in the Netherlands until April 2015.


Kay Greidanus graduated from the Maastricht Theatre Academy in 2013. He was an intern at the Nationale Toneel under the direction of Theu Boermans and Johan Doesburg in Chekhov's Three Sisters and Eugene O'Neill's Strange Interlude. Greidanus acted with Toneelgroep Maastricht under the direcion of Carina Molier and in 2013 toured with Toneelgroep Oostpool in Kafka's The Trial directed by Marcus Azzini. Greidanus' TV credits include the award winning Sevilla by Bram Schouw, part of NTR KORT!

Jochum ten Haaf is an internationally acclaimed actor who played Broadway and London's West End as Vincent van Gogh in Vincent in Brixton. Ten Haaf studied at the Maastricht Theatre Academy. He acted with Toneelgroep Amsterdam and Het Nationale Toneel. More recently he has appeared in Ten Liefde, Wiener Wald, Onze Paus, Les Enfants du Paradis and Marcelle’s Onschuld. His television credits include roles in Sportman van de Eeuw, Zomerhitte, Nightwatching, the acclaimed Dutch series Vuurzee II, Lucia de B, the European series Suitcase Trilogy, the British mini-series Charles II, Power & Passion, and the American TV-series Crossing Lines. Ten Haaf is a winner of the Theatre World Award New York for his role in Vincent in Brixton, Olivier Award Best Play 2002 and the Critics Circle Award London 2005 for Best Play (Harvest); he was nominated for the Critics Circle Award New York and the Evening Standard Award in London.

Bas Keijzer graduated from the acting department of the HKU University of the Arts in Utrecht. Keijzer has acted in various productions, including De mensenhater, Spoken and August August August. With the Nationale Toneel he appeared in, amongst others, Parasieten and De Kersentuin. Keijzer featured in various TV-series and films, including Aaf, Spangas, Lijn 32, Van God Los, FlikkenMaastricht, Nova Zembla, De Storm and De Eetclub.


Annick Boer graduated from the Academie voor Kleinkunst (School for Contemporary Music Theatre) in Amsterdam in 1994. She appeared in, amongst others, the musicals Rembrandt, Ja Zuster Nee Zuster and Titanic, as well as various stage productions with the Noord Nederlands Toneel, De Utrechtse Spelen, and the Volksoperahuis. Most recently she appeared in De Donkere Kamer van Damokles. In recent years, Boer has had television appearances in Klokhuis, Kopspijkers, and the drama series De Hoofdprijs and Grijpstra en de Gier. Last year she appeared in the Dutch television broadcaster VARA's satirical show Kanniewaarzijn. Boer won a Gouden Beeld for her contribution to the comedy Bifi's, the Pisuisse Prize for her role in De Sunshineboys and a John Kraaijkamp Musical Award for her role in Doe Maar.

Hylke van Sprundel graduated from the Maastricht Theatre Academy in 1992 with a nomination for the Henriëtte Hustinx Prize. He acted with Het Nationale Toneel, performing in, amongst other productions, Mystiek Lichaam,Bash and a number of Shakespearean plays. He also appeared in Het Zeelands Nazomer Festival, with Het Toneel Speelt and De Paardenkathedraal, for the latter playing ‘Puck’ in Midsummernightsdream, which received the NRC Publieksprijs (NRC Audience Prize) 2002. Sprundel's television credits include roles in the series Grijpstra en de Gier and Baantjer.

Filip Bolluyt graduated in 1977 at the Theatre School Arnhem. He acted with theatre companies Het Publiektheater and De Haagse Comedie, his credits including The Mousetrap, and Een Hilarische Hommage aan Hitchcock. Bolluyt also appeared in a number of musicals, inluding Les Miserables, Into the Woods and Mamma Mia. He was a cast member of the television series De Dageraad, Sylvia Millecamshow, Goudkust and Lotte and had guest roles in the TV-series Baantjer and Vrijland. His film credits include roles in De Vierde Man and the New Kids franchise.

After graduating from the Amsterdam School for Drama & Contemporary Music Theatre in 2009, Remco Sietsema pursued a career as an actor, playing in Orkater's music theatre performances Kamp Holland and Alice in Wonderland and with Het Nationale Toneel in Retour Hollandse Spoor and Koninginnenacht. As well as in music theatre, Remco also performed in children's theatre, including with Bos Theaterproducties (101 Dalmatiërs). As well as an actor, Remco is also a professional musician, specialising in the accordion. He attended workhops with Tim van Eyken and John Spiers. Sietsema plays his music with various bands, including Merals Harem with Beppe Costa and Meral Polat. Sietsema has recently started writing is own material, which he performs with his Trio Remco Sietsema.
Currently, Sietsema appears in Alleen op de Wereld (Nobody's Boy) by Maas theater en dans, directed by Moniek Merkx, with music by Vincent van Warmerdam.

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