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  • JASPER'S DREAM COMES TRUE

    Young mascot Jasper May lived a childhood dream – thanks to Eamonn Byrne and our official matchday programme.

  • Eamonn is Company Manager for the West End production of War Horse, currently playing to a full house at the New London Theatre, Drury Lane. He’s also a Season Ticket Holder at Spurs.

    The story starts in our final fixture of last season, Sunderland at White Hart Lane in the Premier League on May 19.

    Eamonn takes up the story...

    “At the end of last season I was sitting in the stand watching the game against Sunderland at White Hart Lane.

    “At half-time, I had a look through my programme and I turned to the section that shows all the mascots.

    “Looking through them all, I saw Jasper and the thing that struck me about his story was that unlike most of the mascots, the famous person he wanted to meet in the world wasn’t a footballer or a member of One Direction, but Michael Morpergo.

    “Michael Morpergo is the author of War Horse, so I thought to myself ‘I might just be able to make that happen’.

    “I invited Jasper and his family to the New London Theatre in Drury Lane to watch the show. Unfortunately, we couldn’t get Michael along, he just couldn’t get here with all his work commitments, but he sent us a signed copy of War Horse to present to Jasper.

    Jasper said: “It was fun to see the show and meet Joey, he looks really cool. I loved the show. It was a really special night.”

    WAR HORSE FACTS

    • War Horse received its World Premiere at the National Theatre on 9 October 2007 and played in the Olivier for 92 performances until 14 February 2008 and was seen by over 104,000 people.
    • War Horse returned to the National Theatre for a second run playing from 10 September 2008 - 18 March 2009 for a total of 114 performances and was seen by a further 130,000 people. 
    • War Horse transferred to the West End in 2009 with its first performance at the New London Theatre on 28 March 2009. War Horse is currently booking until 26 October 2013 at the New London Theatre.
    • In February 2011 the 1 millionth patron to see the production in London met with writer Michael Morpurgo and was photographed with horses Joey and Topthorn.
    • As of April 2013, more than 1.7 million people will have seen War Horse in London, with over 3.5 million seeing the production worldwide.
    • The New York production of War Horse opened on 14 April 2011 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater at Lincoln Center and ran until 6 January 2013.
    • Having seen the show at the New London Theatre, Steven Spielberg turned War Horse into a film starring Jeremy Irvine, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston and Emily Watson. The film premiered in January 2012.