War Horse, based on Michael Morpurgo's novel, was adapted for the stage by Nick Stafford and directed by Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris, but it's the horses, created by the Handspring Puppet Company, that bring it to life. Joey, a farm horse, is cared for by Albert Narracott, the farmer's son.The animal is sold to the Army and is one of nearly two million horses thrust into the hell of the Western Front in the Great War.
I'm told Ms Womack did her audition tapes fresh from shooting harrowing scenes in East Enders and this helped her express the inner turmoil Nellie has to go through.David Hayman will play Anna's estranged father Chris Christopherson and Jenny Galloway the grizzled fishwife Marthy Owens. Also at the Donmar, Michael Grandage has cast Andrew Buchan as Bolingbroke in Richard II, with Eddie Redmayne in the title role. ' Kate told me, as we discussed the show about two mismatched Mormon missionaries sent out to preach the good word to the inhabitants of a dead-end Ugandan village. The central performances by Josh Gad (who's going to start taking all Jack Black's work) and Andrew Rannells as the mismatched Mormons — one tubby and a bit hazy about the origins of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the other a serious believer — are brilliantly observed.