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Picture - Young Joey and the goose... London United Kingdom, Sunday 3rd August 2014

Young Joey and the goose with Michael Morpurgo - BBC Proms 2014 - War Horse Prom - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 3rd August 2014

'War Horse' Musicians Lose Legal Fight After Live Music Slashed From Production

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Musicians who used to work on the award-winning theatre production, War Horse, have lost out on their legal bid to be allowed back on the show after their contracts were terminated. The National Theatre, which has enjoyed one of its most successful production's with the adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's novel, stopped using a live orchestra in favour of recorded music for financial and artistic reasons.

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Musicians Fighting To Have Their Roles In Michael Morpurgo's 'War Horse' Reinstated Have Lost Their Bid.

Musicians Neyire Ashworth, Andrew Callard, Jonathan Eddie, David Holt and Colin Rae had their roles cut to just a few minutes per show in March 2013. Their contracts were terminated last month when live music was dropped from the production. The group claimed that they had continued to show up for nightly performances only to be turned away, according to BBC News.

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Picture - Michael Morpurgo - Musical premiere... Berlin Germany, Sunday 20th October 2013

Michael Morpurgo - Musical premiere of 'War Horse - Die Gefaehrten' at Theater des Westens. - Aftershowparty - Berlin, Germany - Sunday 20th October 2013

Picture - Michael Morpurgo - Musical premiere... Berlin Germany, Sunday 20th October 2013

Michael Morpurgo - Musical premiere of 'War Horse - Die Gefaehrten' at Theater des Westens. - Red Carpet - Berlin, Germany - Sunday 20th October 2013

Picture - Marianne Elliott and Michael Morpurgo , Friday 26th October 2012

Marianne Elliott and Michael Morpurgo - Marianne Elliott and Michael Morpurgo Friday 26th October 2012 Attends the 5th anniversary performance of 'War Horse' at The New London Theatre, Drury Lane

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