Reviewed by Emma Booth
Me and a friend had the pleasure of attending the National Theatre production of War Horse at the New Victoria Theatre in Woking. The theatre show has been adapted by Nick Stafford and is based on the much-loved book War Horse by Michael Morpurgo.
The story follows a young boy, Albert, who develops a deep bond with a horse. A few years later Joey, the much-loved horse, is sold off as a British cavalry horse in World War One. Albert joins up to be a soldier on the hope of tracking down his beloved horse. The story follows the struggle of Joey right to the end of the war where he’s survived the very worst to finally find love at the end.
South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company do an amazing job at mimicking the horses with life size puppets. The way they move, even the subtle movements of breathing, have been thought out and perfected to the point where after a while you almost see the horses as real life horses. At times I got goosebumps, it felt so realistic.
The story was told with great feeling and emotion, making you feel caught up in the story. Above the stage, a 25 metre wide screen help tell the story by showing a moving landscape, a battlefield or galloping horses charging into battle and help build a picture to make you feel like you were right there.
Bob Fox, known as the Song Man, sings throughout the show at various times with the perfect sound of folk song type songs, which add the emotional atmosphere through the show.
The story varies ever so slightly to the book but very much sticks to the original story. I’ve never seen a show that’s so powerful and moving. The show was roughly 2 hours and 45 minutes with a 20 minutes interval and just flew by in what seemed like no time at all.
All of the actors did an amazing job with what was a faultless performance. I can see why this has had 8 record breaking years in London’s West End, it’s the most thrilling show you will ever see in a theatre. Whether you’re a fan of the book, or have never read it, you will fall in love with this mesmerising story that will bring a tear to your eye.
The New Victoria Theatre is always a joy to visit. I love the convenient parking with easy access to the theatre through the shopping centre.
We had a truly unforgettable night out that won’t be forgotten. War Horse is a definite must see!
Tickets cost from £22.40 to £61.90 (plus £2.85 transaction fee).
War Horse is at the New Victoria Theatre in Woking from 1-18 August 2018, for more information or to book tickets visit www.atgtickets.com/new-victoria-theatre or call the box office on 0844 871 7645.
New Victoria Theatre, The Ambassadors, Peacocks Centre, Woking, Surrey, GU21 6GQ