Farm Boy - Lichfield Garrick Theatre

Farm Boy - Lichfield Garrick Theatre


Posted 2024-01-21 by Tony Collinsfollow

Thu 29 Feb 2024 - Sun 10 Mar 2024

Author Michael Morpurgo's critically acclaimed sequel to the much-loved War Horse is coming to audiences in Staffordshire. Farm Boy is being performed at the Lichfield Garrick Theatre from Thursday 29th February to Sunday 10th March, before embarking on a two-week tour of villages across the region. The Lichfield Garrick production has been adapted and directed by Daniel Buckroyd, the theatre's Artistic Director. The hour-long play will be performed in the suitably more intimate setting of the venue's studio theatre.

Farm Boy picks up the story of Albert and his beloved horse Joey where War Horse, which was made into a hugely successful stage play and 2011 movie, ends. The sequel, which sees man and horse survive the battlefields of the First World War, paints a forgotten history of the changing face of life in rural England. It sometimes felt as though time had stood still on the farm until the summer the old farmer's grandson came to stay and began hearing stories of what it had been like when Grandpa was a boy.

Farm Boy picks up where War Horse left off

Following successful UK tours and a critically acclaimed run in New York, Michael Morpurgo's compelling sequel to War Horse returns to the stage in this delightful, family-friendly show combining drama, storytelling and original music. Actors Alan Booty and Jonathan Houlston will be leading the cast of the Lichfield Garrick production of Farm Boy. The role of Grandpa will be played by Alan whose career includes productions at the National Theatre and Chichester Festival Theatre, as well as a host of regional and touring theatre companies, and appearances on TV and film. Roles have ranged from King Lear at Brockley Jack Theatre in 2019 to Hermann in a recent critically acclaimed run of his own play The Loaf with Pogo Theatre.

Grandson will be played by Jonathan, a recent Royal Birmingham Conservatoire graduate, who has already built up a wealth of stage experience, having played Sidney Barnsley in The Making of Lucy and Ian in Holes. His screen credits include a guest lead role in Doctors for the BBC, and as a founder of Mad Dragon Theatre Company he performed in its debut production of his own play Physical Education.

Alan Booty takes on the role of Grandpa

Farm Boy can be seen at the Lichfield Garrick Theatre from 29th February to 10th March. For further show information and to buy tickets, visit


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