Sneak Preview Review: WAR HORSE

by Lynn on February 29, 2012

in The Passionate Playgoer

At the Princess of Wales Theatre. Based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo. Adapted by Nick Stafford. Direction recreated for this production by Alex Sims. Original direction by Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris. Set, costumes and drawings by Rae Smith. Puppet design by Handspring Puppet Company. Lighting by Paule Constable. Sound by Christopher Shutt

Presented by Mirvish Productions.

The production of WAR HORSE that opened last night at the Princess of Wales Theatre, is theatrically dazzling in the best sense. It pricks the imagination, squeezes the heart and through sheer brilliant artistry, makes you believe that those life-sized horse-puppets are real.

It’s the story of Albert and his love for his horse Joey, set against WWI. Joey is sold to the British cavalry to fight in France. Albert enlists to go and find him and bring him home.

Every aspect of this thrilling production creates the world that Albert and Joey inhabit and makes it live. WAR HORSE is one of the five best productions I have ever seen, and I’ve seen a lot.


Full review on Friday morning, March 2, On CIUT FRIDAY MORNING 89.5 FM from 9 am to 10 am.

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