War Horse

West End

Kids' theatre

New London Theatre

Until Sat Feb 14 2015

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    Albert Narracott (Jack Loxton)

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  • © Brinkhoff/Moegenburg

  • © Brinkhoff/Moegenburg

  • © Brinkhoff/Moegenburg

  • © Brinkhoff/Moegenburg

  • © Brinkhoff/Moegenburg

  • © Brinkhoff/Moegenburg

  • © Brinkhoff/Moegenburg

  • © Brinkhoff/Moegenburg

  • © Brinkhoff/Moegenburg

© Brinkhoff/Moegenburg

Albert Narracott (Jack Loxton)

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War Horse 2014 - 2015

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  • Mon Feb 16 2015
    19:30
    £15-£62.50. Run 2hrs 35mins
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Angela G

wow,what can we say..Fantastic!!!! the horses themselves took on the character of a real life horses and so believable that we wanted to go up and stroke them..you wouldn't of know it was being operated by actors..there was no special affects was all done by the slight hands and the superb acting..Amazing!! one if the best shows we have ever seen if not the best.we would recommend this to All.

Alex Pickup

Spectacular puppeteering, the stage set up was brilliant, making every seat in the house unusually visual. The musical addition to the story was superb. The whole thing was moving, unique and believeable. The star of the show - the goosey gander!

Jack Elliott

Visually spectacular, as you'd expect, but for me the relationship between man and horse was a little hard to buy in to. Still, I've never owned a horse, so maybe it's just me. Some good performances, but it's hardly a subtle play, more a fireworks display of staging and engineering wonders.

Nicola Francis-Lubbock

It is one of those once in a lifetime productions that can't be missed. This production moved me to tears (in a good way) and the horses were almost more alive than real horses - how can that be? A performance that will live long in the memory!

Mengze

Three languages are spoken in the show, making it sometimes hard to follow. BUT its good and recommended.

Estefania

I really recommend it, I loved it! The horses transmited plenty of emotions... bravo!

Ron R

Truly enjoyed this fantastic show from start to finish! The horses were dazzling and so exciting to watch come alive. The acting was spot-on and the story line itself was easy to get caught up in. I would recommend this show to anyone who loves a good show and anyone who needs a good cry… bring tissues!

Lewin

Incredible performance. The horses were amazing, this is the best show I have seen in the West End so far. It really is a must see.

michael kurn

We were truly impressed when we saw Phantom of the Opera, in its inaugural year and were equally impressed by Marti Webb portraying Evita a short while after. There followed several decades of less than memorable theatre, which was finally relieved, about two years ago, when we were able to see a fantastically athletic performance of Michael Frayne's, Noises- Off....... And then on Monday 25th November 2013, we witnessed a stunning performance of Warhorse, which we have added to our all-time list of theatrical landmarks. Life is really too short to miss this.

CCF

偶非常的值得一看,動作細膩且栩栩如生 但若以戲劇本身來說的話,故事有點平淡 音樂音效和舞台都可以更精緻一點,只有偶戲可看有點可惜

Frances Errington

War Horse initially did not attract me, but intrigued me after such good reviews. NOTHING made me ready for the emotional turmoil I felt... I had no tissues & my heart was opened & wept with the story & the acting realism, War Horse team are creating magic & sharing love every day in this wonderful story. Like nothing I have seen before, the puppet framed horses were MORE real than real, because of their very fragility. Brilliant production.

Flo

Went here with 3 different generations of the family at the weekend. Fantastic show, so cleverly designed and really engaging. Having read the book and seen the film, I wasn't disappointed by the performance - it was innovative and fun....and enjoyed by the whole family!

Bern

I took my 9 and 13 year old sons to see this. We booked last minute and had restricted view seats which weren't great but didn't ruin it either although I would definitely recommend getting seats facing straight onto the stage not side views if you can. The boys both enjoyed the show although I think they found the parts involving some script in German and French difficult to follow. It certainly got them talking anyway! As an adult, I loved it. I've read the book but not seen the film and this has been on my 'to do' list for quite some time. Having read the book, the ending seemed a bit too shortened for me but nevertheless it's definitely a show I'd highly recommend. Everyone's seen the puppets on tv and in pictures, but the way the puppeteers work them is quite incredible, so life-like.

Celia

Absolutely worth seeing. Yes predictable storyline maybe, but still moving. The horses were incredible. Agree with an earlier comment, they start out as puppets, but by the end, hard to believe they are not real!

Janusz

Disappointing. It was flat, with one -dimensional characters, poor acting and predictable plot. Generally a shameless tear-jerker. Puppetry of the warhorse itself was only so-so. I would say that even The Lion King has a better puppetry, more depth, better songs and better acting... One thing amazes me - why didn't the paid reviewers see it? Guessing by the reviews here, I am not alone in my views.

Sophie

I bought a cheap ticket, however it wasnt one of the ones with a 'restricted view' warning, imagine my surorise when I could only see half the stage! Luckily the show was not a sell out so my neighbour and I coukd shift around a bit. I agree that the script and acting was not 5 star, however I didnt expect it to be. I loved the puppets and pupeteers, truly well done and very life like. The main character stole the show, but only just from the goose! I recommend this show for a matinee viewing.

Matt

Bought the tickets through Time Out which I won't be doing again as they were £16 (Each) more than the price on the ticket. The play was disappointing. Great production but the narrative was as weak as water. Even for a play from a children's book, are there seriously any adults out there who found the story engaging, interesting and thought provoking?

rash

this is the only play which I liked even more during the play. In the beginning I felt that the props for horses were stupid. At the end of the play I felt like the props were actual horses!

nikki

this film was very inspirational and i was in tears! i loved this film so much

Aaron

The show is brilliant (despite the clichéd happy ending). I strongly recommend it. The puppetry is fantastic and the simple songs are incredibly moving.

Ronnie

Truly awful and devastatingly boring after the first hour. If you enjoy acting, music, plot, or your time/money then this "play" is not for you. The puppetry is impressive, but the shoddy script and acting left me wishing that the same puppets were in a better production. If they ever lower the astronomical prices for the seats it may be worth taking small children to or just seeing so that you may form your own opinion. However, at the current pricing scheme I felt duped for going. Really, just go see Phantom or Les Miz (which deserve 8 stars each if this rubbish deserves 5).

A. Siebel

Just wow. This was one of the best things I have seen on stage in years, and that despite the fact that the actual story is a lot of sentimental tosh. Forget the story - just watch and enjoy one of the best stagings ever. Most of all, this is miles better than the Spielberg film, which, having around the same amount of time to play with as the stage performance, managed to cut bits of the story which actually rendered it incoherent as well as tearjerking (Captain Nicholls). Can't compare to the book as I could not bring myself to read it. Go see it for the pure theatrical experience, you won't regret it. The rating is justified for that alone.

Laurence C.

Echo RL&F's comments below. Exceptional puppeteering but once you've marvelled at that for a while you're left with two and a half hours of poor script, a clunky, obvious plot with mawkish ending and school-play level acting. We were in £52 seats to one side of the dress circle but were unable to see some scenes at all as they were set on the far right of the stage. The theatre is tatty and uncomfortably hot with inadequate air conditioning/ventilation - seriously in need of refurbishment.

R, L & F

Astonishing, brilliant puppetry (5 stars for that). 1 star for the rest - no, make that 2 stars, for the sparsely effective staging. Cardboard characters, amateur school play level acting (no disrespect to school plays intended - actually, I've seen far better than this from amateurs), weak script, show failed to engage us emotionally (partly due to the frequent descents into raising a laugh through cheap gags). Go with the expectation of seeing a seriously-themed kid's pantomime and you'll be thrilled.

Dean

Excellent Animatronics but a slight deviation from the storyline of the book.

laura s
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This was probably the worst play I've ever seen on the London stage. The sentimentality was so thick, the story hardly made sense. Whole scenes were in German or French with no translation, mainly because nothing of note happened any of these scenes. There is no character development, the dialogue is attrocious. I really have to wonder what is wrong with London critics.