A Birmingham School of Acting alumnus is set to appear in the internationally acclaimed production of War Horse, coming to Birmingham Hippodrome next year
Lewis Howard will be playing the role of the Heart of Joey, a horse from Devon who was sold to the British cavalry during the First World War and shipped to France.
The National Theatre play, based on the award-winning novel by Michael Morpurgo, centres around Joey’s journey as he gets caught up in enemy fire, fights on both sides and eventually finds himself in no man’s land. The play follows Joey’s owner, Albert, who is on a mission to find his beloved horse and bring him home to England.
At its heart are ground-breaking puppets by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, who bring breathing, galloping and charging horses to life on stage.
Last year, War Horse completed a record-breaking eight year London run. Not only has the production been seen by over seven million people in 97 cities around the world, it’s won 25 awards, including the Tony Award for Best Play on Broadway and is the most successful play in the National Theatre’s history.
Lewis Howard will join the production on its upcoming national tour, visiting various UK cities such as Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Nottingham and Plymouth, before closing in Glasgow in February 2019.
Lewis graduated from Birmingham’s School of Acting, part of Birmingham City University in 2012 with a BA honours degree.
Since then he has performed as Callum in ‘Swivelhead’ at Pleasance Courtyard during last year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe and has featured as Jesse alongside Adeel Akhtar in the 2016 film ‘The Big Return of Ray Lamere’.
Discussing his latest role, Lewis said:
I’m very excited and humbled to be part of this production, which coincides with the centenary commemorations of the end of the First World War.
Rehearsals for War Horse began last week in a 470 square metre rehearsal space, custom built to accommodate the large company, which includes a 34-strong cast.
Daniele Sanderson, Deputy Head of Birmingham’s School of Acting, said:
We are thrilled that Lewis has secured a role in this wonderful production and look forward to seeing him in action