Handspring UK is the new sister company to Handspring Puppet Company of South Africa.

Built around British-based puppeteers, designers and directors who have experience of working with Handspring, the company will create new work from a London base.

Handspring Puppet Company was founded in Cape Town in 1982 and is still run by co-founders Basil Jones and Adrian Kohler. Their award-winning puppet designs and ingenuity have led them to create memorable and exciting theatre including Or You Could Kiss Me , with Neil Bartlett at the National Theatre in London, Tall Horse , The Chimp Project , and a series of groundbreaking shows in collaboration with South African artists William Kentridge, including Woyzeck on the Highveldt , Faustus in Africa! and Ubu and the Truth Commission .

In 2005 they began working with the National Theatre on War Horse . The show is now running in London, New York and Toronto, has been seen by over a million people and has inspired a blockbuster film by Steven Spielberg.

For further information on the National Theatre’s production of War Horse follow the link here .