UNTIL the phenomenally successful play War Horse came along, it was hard to believe that a modern audience could be captivated and reduced to tears every night by puppets. Now, there’s the chance to bid for the original models that were so brilliantly deployed to accurately capture the movement and nobility of cavalry horses. Joey, the equine hero of the play, and the tragic Topthorn, plus the comical Goose and a pair of crows, are being auctioned by Bonhams at Bond Street, London W1, on September 13 at an evening charity auction in aid of the Handspring Trust, which promotes creativity in puppet theatre.
War Horse is the National Theatre’s most successful production, seen by more than seven million people worldwide. Eight sets of puppets were made in South Africa by Adrian Kohler and Basil Jones of Handspring Puppet Company and this is the only time that a full set will be made available at auction. Telephone 020–7447 7447 or visit www.bonhams.com
Now’s your chance to bring Joey home