A Birmingham graduate has landed a starring role in a national tour of War Horse.
Lewis Howard will play the Heart of Joey, a horse from Devon who was sold to the British cavalry during World War One.
The Birmingham School of Acting 2012 graduate will join the production on its upcoming national tour, beginning in Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury on September 15th before heading to cities including Birmingham. The tour concludes in Glasgow in 2019.
Lewis said: “I’m puppeteering the heart of Joey for this tour of War Horse and it’s my first job for the National Theatre, so I am very excited and humbled to be part of this production, which coincides with the centenary commemorations of the end of the First World War.”
Since graduating, Lewis – who was born in Birmingham but grew up in Falmouth – has appeared at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and worked with a number of Cornish theatre companies.
Daniele Sanderson, deputy head of Birmingham’s School of Acting, said: “We are thrilled that Lewis has secured a role in this wonderful production and look forward to seeing him in action when the tour lands at Birmingham Hippodrome next year.”