Pup­pet magic

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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

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