Projects: Theatre

Extraordinary Musical Score

First seen at the Olivier Theatre in 2007 and hailed by The Times as "the theatrical event of the decade", War Horse is the most successful production ever to be mounted by the National Theatre of Great Britain.

Adapted by Nick Stafford and Handspring Puppet Company from Michael Morpurgo's book, it has gone on to be a phenomenal worldwide success and been seen by more than five million people worldwide.

Between 2007 and 2012 it was nominated for 11 awards including a Laurence Olivier Award nomination in 2008 for Adrian Sutton and Christopher Shutt for Best Sound Design. The New York premiere at the Lincoln Center in April 2011 racked up a sweep of five Tony Awards and a Drama Desk nomination. The Toronto production in 2012 garnered a Drama Desk award.

War Horse can currently be seen in London, and on tour in the UK and Holland, with further productions planned.

A film version directed by Steven Spielberg was released in 2011.

Adrian's score for the stage production of War Horse is a gorgeous orchestral epic of cinematic sweep rooted in a ripely emotional 20th-century British symphonic language and also draws on the evocative melodies of English folk music.

A CD recording is available and features songs by celebrated folk singer and musician John Tams and Tim van Eyken, winner of the first BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, and a full orchestra.


Adrian Sutton


John Tams


"The show couldn't work its emotional pull on audiences without its extraordinary musical score."
Tom Morris, Director, National Theatre production

"Adrian Sutton's score... adds aching poignancy."
The Times

"Haunting music... adds a new dimension to a narrative already thick with imagery and theatrical magic."
British Theatre Guide

"Beautifully impressive."
Chicago Arts & Culture



The CD soundtrack of War Horse was released in 2008, and was re-released in 2011 by Sony Masterworks.