WAR HORSE (play)
Captioned performance: 14th December 2013 at
Albert's beloved horse is requisitioned for the army in
World War One. Too young for the trenches, Albert still embarks on a dangerous
mission to find his horse and bring him home. Michael Morpurgo's novel is
adapted by Nick Stafford.
This production, first seen at the National in 2007 and revived in 2008 now
moves to the West End by popular demand.
View video clips about this production.
Not available. 2007 production reports are that the
depiction of both horse and place are outstanding, the acting strong, but the
script drawn from the novel a little too full of happy narrative-driving
coincidences to be totally credible. Still, this is an ensemble piece that when
working at its peak seems to have been found deeply moving by the professional
reviewers. "Something to interest young people in theatre" seems to be the (in a
non-patronising way) conclusion.
This transfer sits well at the New London, too, with sometimes greater impact in
the smaller space. The horse puppetry remains a highlight, and there is much to
enjoy (and admire) about the story. An evening for contemplation as well as