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The original West End horse puppet from the National Theatre‘s award-winning show War Horse has been donated to the V&A by the Handspring Puppet Company, who designed and built the puppet. Watch this film to be wowed by the magnificient, life-sized puppet of beloved horse Joey who was operated on stage by three puppeteers. This puppet made his stage debut at the New London Theatre on 28 March 2009. He performed in more than 1,640 shows.
The puppet can be seen in the V&A’s theatre and performance gallery in a special display which shows how he is operated on stage.
War Horse is currently showing at the New London Theatre.