A War Horse super-fan tells us why going to see the National Theatre's epic production should be at the top of your to-do list, before it ends in March 2016
1. It’s almost your last chance
The National Theatre’s epic production of War Horse (playing at the New London Theatre, Drury Lane) has announced that the final West End performance will be 12 March 2016. If you haven’t seen it yet, YOU MUST. If you’ve already seen it, GO AGAIN.
2. All those awards must mean something
The show has a never-ending list of awards including the 2010 Laurence Olivier Awards (Audience Award for Most Popular Show), 2012 Whatsonstage Best West End Show award… Best director, best design and best lighting are also on the list.
3. It’s a masterpiece
Based on the celebrated novel by the Children’s Laureate (2003-05) Michael Morpurgo, the stage production is simply breath-taking. You’ll leave feeling inspired and as though you have just seen a piece of magic. A combination of the captivating plot, mesmerising actors and puppetry so true to life, you honestly forget they are puppets. It is a show of such high standard, you won’t want to blink.
Horse & Hound caught up with James Backway, who plays the lead role of Albert Narracott in the theatre production
Horse & Hound caught up with Chris Milford, who is the man responsible for playing Joey's heart in the theatre
4. The perfect gift for Christmas
Gifts of ‘experiences’ rather than ‘materialistic objects’ are becoming more popular than ever. And for good reason. In 10 years time you’re more likely to look back and think fondly of a certain theatre trip with a certain someone, rather than thinking: “Ah, that expensive designer jumper. That was a good time.” What’s more, no gift wrapping required.
5. Great for both horsey and non-horsey people
Finally! An amazing event you can attend with your nearest and dearest, including the ones that think your horse’s frog is his amphibian friend. Everybody can enjoy the true talent that War Horse offers.
6. You can get the inside scoop
There is also a series of free talks and Q&As to celebrate War Horse’s final six months at the New London Theatre – what a fantastic idea.
Meet the Puppeteers: Tuesday 17 November at 9.30pm
Michael Morpurgo on War Horse: Thursday 10 December at 10pm
7. You’ll regret it if you don’t
You’ll also regret not bringing the Kleenex. Once again, it ENDS in March. Book your tickets, see the show, join the hype. Make War Horse your favourite London theatre production. You won’t regret it.
For more information visit: www.warhorseonstage.com