War Horse is a play based on the best-selling 1982 children’s novel of the same name by Michael Morpurgo. It was first staged at the National Theatre in October 2007, and in 2009 was transferred to the West End, showing at the New London Theatre. To date, it is the most successful play that the National Theatre has ever seen, and begun on Broadway in March 2011. War Horse is currently showing at the New London Theatre.
With life-sized horse puppets from the Handspring Puppet Company, which won them several awards including the coveted Olivier Award, War Horse is a deeply moving story about a young horse owner, Albert, who has to sell his horse, Joey, to the British army to be used on the battlefields during World War I. Their close bond is portrayed on stage with themes of loyalty and bravery during an era of terror and horror.
Show Length and Times
Evening performances for War Horse begin at 7.30pm on Mondays and Wednesday to Saturday. On Tuesdays, performances start slightly earlier, at 7pm. Matinees are on Thursdays and Saturdays at 2.30pm. The performance lasts for around 2 hours and 40 minutes, including a short interval.
“This is an excellent production although, of course, it may not be to everyone’s taste. The subject matter is undeniably dark but juxtaposed against moments of an altogether lighter nature (you’ll love the goose), War Horse becomes an enthralling, enlightening and emotional experience that shouldn’t be missed.”
Lizzie Guilfoyle at indieLONDON
“There is something so noble about these astonishingly lifelike puppets, whose movements and sounds are so meticulously caught by their operatives, that they can withstand the weight of emotion placed on them.”
Charles Spencer at the Daily Telegraph
“War Horse has a huge heart, stirring music, an endearing performance… and will have you sobbing all the way back to the car park. Loved it.”
Quentin Letts at the Daily Mail
Here are highlights from the show:
Here’s the cast in rehearsals: