Opening in Canterbury on the show’s 10th anniversary, the National Theatre’s War Horse has launched it’s national UK tour spanning over three years, and rightfully so.
Based on the novel, War Horse takes us on a journey between a young man, Albert, and his horse, Joey. Set during the first World War, you’ll experience joy, sadness and everything else in between.
The touring production ditches the circular platform for a more traditional performance space. The harsh realities of war are brought alive through impressive sound and lighting design, while the contrasting tranquility of the British countryside lives and breathes through subtle visuals and stage design.
But while all this is happening, the magic lives in the puppetry of Joey and his comrades. My cynicism of becoming emotionally attatched to a collection of materials controlled by three people quickly left as we see Joey mature through the years on stage. The relationship between Albert and Joey shines bright through the thick and thin.
War Horse is a tremendous feat as it gallops pasts it’s 10 year milestone, and I’m sure it’ll be going strong in another 10. The extremely talented cast put on a performance unlike any other. This is a rare opportunity to see a world-class production in a local theatre so do not miss out!
War Horse plays at the Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury until Saturday 14th October, then returns in February 2019. For full dates of the UK tour, please visit www.warhorseonstage.com.