Basil Jones & Adrian Kohler

Puppet Fabrication & Direction

Puppet Design and Fabrication

Handspring are behind the puppet direction, design and fabrication of the puppets for War Horse. Handspring was founded in 1981 by Adrian Kohler, Basil Jones. Originally the creators of children’s shows, their first adult production, Episodes of an Easter Rising, (1985) went to the International Festival of Puppet Theatre in Charleville-Mézières, France. Subsequent productions featured collaborations with leading South African directors. Woyzeck on the Highveld launched a 10-year collaboration with artist William Kentridge. Their co-productions have been presented in festivals throughout the world. Or You Could Kiss Me, written and directed by Neil Bartlett, premiered at the National Theatre in 2010. A Midsummer Night’s Dream 2013 played at The Bristol Old Vic and in the USA at the Spoleto Festival and the International Festival of Arts & Ideas. Their most recent collaboration, Stiller, opened in June 2013 at the Cuvilliés Residenztheater, Munich.Handspring has received many awards including a Special Tony Award, an Olivier Award, as well as Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and LA Drama Critics Circle. Adrian Kohler, Handspring’s artistic director and puppet designer, has exhibited works at the South African National Gallery, Cape Town and the Museum for African Art in New York. His puppets are represented in public collections in Munich, Johannesburg, Cape Town and in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Janni Younge joined Handspring in 2011. Her production, Ouroboros, tours Belgium and France in September and November 2013.

London National Theatre

08 November 2018 - 05 January 2019

Glasgow SEC

15 January 2019 - 02 February 2019

Sunderland Empire Theatre

06 February 2019 - 23 February 2019

Canterbury Marlowe Theatre

27 February 2019 - 16 March 2019

Stoke-on-Trent Regent Theatre

27 March 2019 - 06 April 2019

Dublin Bord Gais Energy Theatre

10 April 2019 - 27 April 2019

Hong Kong Lyric Theatre

10 May 2019 - 26 May 2018

Auckland Civic Theatre

21 June 2019 - 07 July 2019

Liverpool Liverpool Empire

31 July 2019 - 17 August 2019

Leicester Curve

18 September 2019 - 12 October 2019
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