I saw War Horse three years ago and have been wanting to go back for a long time, so yesterday I finally went and I was totally blown away! The synopsis for those who haven't seen the show is: At the outbreak of World War One, Joey, young Albert’s beloved horse, is sold to the cavalry and shipped to France. He’s soon caught up in enemy fire, and fate takes him on an extraordinary odyssey, serving on both sides before finding himself alone in no man’s land. But Albert cannot forget Joey and, still not old enough to enlist, he embarks on a treacherous mission to find him and bring him home. The story is really clever and I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. There were times the play felt so real I actually forgot I was in a theatre. It's a really moving piece that takes you on a roller-coaster of emotions.. The staging, set and lighting are all amazing. The horses are portrayed with puppetry and never before have I seen such convincing puppets. They just looked so life-like. The cast were very strong, but cast members who stood out for me were Simon Jenkins who was filling in as Albert Narracott, Colm Gormley as Ted Narracott, Jayne McKenna as Rose Narracott, Simon Wolfe as Arthur Narracott, Patrick Fleming who was filling in as Billy Narracott, Dominic Hodson as Captain Nicholls and last but certainly not least the people who puppeteered Joey and Topthorn. I had no idea that Simon Jenkins and Patrick Fleming were understudies due to the fact that they were incredible in their roles. I didn't realise until I got home and looked in my programme that they were understudies. I also found the 'New London Theatre' to be a lovely venue and very well organised. I am so sad that this show is closing in March and beg people to go to this amazing show before it closes!
The featured star of War Horse is drum roll please, SIMON JENKINS!
I still haven't quite gotten over the fact that Simon is only the understudy as he was so convincing in the role. I hope someday Simon will play the role full time, either before the show closes in the West End, on tour or in a different country. He has so much talent and I hope to see him in something soon, weather it be War Horse or something else.
Now for my final verdict on War Horse. I give War Horse…
This is a show for all ages and I would recommend this show to anyone and everyone.
Think it should have got a lower rating? If so comment below.
Join me next time when I will be reviewing Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.
Thanks for reading!