Musicians in the theatre production War Horse lose their legal bid

By Chris Elliott and John Cloke

Musicians employed by the National Theatre in its production of War Horse at the New London Theatre have been refused their application for an interim injunction, or alternatively specific performance, to require the National Theatre to continue to engage them in the production until the trial of their claim.

On 4 March 2014, the National Theatre sent the musicians notice of termination of their contracts, taking the decision to cut live music from the show for artistic and financial reasons…

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