Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Theatre Spotlight: War Horse

One of the things I love most about living near London is the easy access to amazing theatre in the West End.  My absolute favourite night out includes dinner and the theatre with my sweetie.  I'm still amazed by the sheer number of professional shows being staged at any given time in this city.  So, to help me keep track of those I've seen, and to share a little bit of London Theatre magic with you lovely readers, I'm introducing a new blog feature:  Theatre Spotlight.

Last night we had tickets to the highly acclaimed War Horse.  Based on the novel by Michael Mopurgo, the play tells the story of the love between a boy and his horse who is sold to the cavalry and shipped off to France during WWI.

The production was spectacular, filled with soulful folk music, superb acting and life sized horse puppets that whinnied and neighed and twitched their tails and ears.  And while the horse puppets were amazing, it was the cheeky goose puppet who got the biggest round of applause at the end.I was mesmerized for the entire 2 hours and 45 minutes.  

If you're looking for something different than the typical musical, go see War Horse.  You'll leave feeling like it was money well spent.

Even though it is based on a novel for young people, this show is not appropriate for children under 12.

Venue:  New London Theatre 
Pre-Theatre Dinner:  Strada on Great Queen Street.  Reasonably priced, tasty Italian food just a 3 minute walk from the theatre.

Don't live near London?  You can also see it in New York at Lincoln Center.  The US tour is set to open in Los Angeles in June and then move on to 19 other cities.  Even the Aussies won't be left out when War Horse opens in Melbourne this summer.  A full UK tour is set to begin next year.  Go see it!


  1. There's also the Steven Spielberg film version that came out on Christmas in the US and is spectacular. It's not the same as seeing something live, of course, but the horses and geese are real. :)

  2. Sarah- Yes, the film version was just released last week here in the UK. I'd love to see how it compares to the stage production. It's on my "future date night" list!

  3. Thanks for the review! Sounds like a fun night.

  4. Popped in from SITS! Have you seen the movie as well? I'm sure the theater version is better.


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