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Neigh it ain’t so! War Horse to close next year

Andrzej Lukowski

We thought it might canter on forever, but after seven years, over 3,000 performances and around 2.7m tickets shifted – not to mention inspiring Stephen Spielberg to make a film of the same source book – the National Theatre’s puppet-powered First World War drama ‘War Horse’ will gallop off into the sunset next year. It’s just announced one final extension at the New London Theatre: it will now shut on March 12 2016. The closure of ‘War Horse’ may have a surprisingly big impact on London. On the one hand, its blockbuster success has generated £12m in profit for the NT, sheltering it from the full impact of recent government funding cuts. And on the other, the ’60s-built New London Theatre is a notoriously difficult venue to convincingly put a show in – arguably 'War Horse' and 'Cats' are the only two productions to have really 'worked' there. But the main thing you should know is that it’s a brilliant, brilliant show and that you should try and catch it before it goes off to that great stable in the sky.

‘War Horse’ is at the New London Theatre until March 12 2016. Book with Time Out and save up to 31 percent on best tickets!

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