Giddy Up! War Horse Gallops Into the West End on Sat 28th March 2009

Posted: 25th March 2009

The much-acclaimed Michael Murpurgo play, "The War Horse", finally makes its West End debut from Saturday 28th March after 2 sell-out seasons at the National Theatre. This excellent story will now appear at the New London Theatre, Drury Lane for an initial period up until Sat 26th September and is really, really worth seeing. Tickets will cost from £17.50 for basic stall seating up to £50.

The story concerns the outbreak of World War One and the tale of a young farm-hand's devotion to a horse that his father purchased yet failed to make the grade as a true working horse on the farm. Albert, the young son, decides to coax him into action and calls him Joey but has to say goodbye to his beloved friend when World War 1 begins and his faithful steed is whisked off to change role from a farm horse to a cavalry horse. With some of the most descriptive words and videography plus equally stunning choreography using puppetry and a little imagination, this production enchants and dazzles young and old alike. There are some gunshots in the performance so probably not suitable for the little ones I'm afraid but over 12s are admitted. I can't recommend this story highly enough and the whole production has been crafted with attention to detail and a bit of good old-fashioned love for the craft. It will be fascinating to see how it transfers to the new venue but it deserves to be a success regardless.

Paul Pledger