Theatre: War Horse

by Jennifer Gannon on Monday, 8 February 2010

Based on the thrilling and spectacular novel by Michael Morpurgo, Nick Stafford's War Horse is the smash hit based on the relationship of a young recruit, Albert, and his horse, Joey.

The show is conceived by the South African Handspring puppet company, and when watching the wood, leather, string and canvas work together, it's easy to forget the existence of the puppeteers and find yourself identifying with them as if they were real creatures.

War Horse is set in Devon during the First World War in the summer of 1914. Stafford depicts the teenager's passion for Joey when the horse is sold to the army and shipped to France with the cavalry.

Torn from each other's side the horse becomes emblematic of every life imperilled by war, and it is this, along with the compassion of the main characters, that wins over every audience member.

Booking to 2011 at the New London Theatre; nationaltheatre.org.uk/warhorse

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