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“Excellent show and a must see when in London”
Review of War Horse

War Horse
Ranked #10 of 380 Concerts & Shows in London
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Reviewed 20 November 2011

As a hardcore NYC Broadway theatre buff I have got to say that War Horse at the West-end, London, was excellent, and definitely among my top ten all time fav’s. The ‘mechanics’ of the show, meaning how they moved the animals, was really quite interesting and very well done. The first time Joey, (the horse), trotted out as a full grown horse you could hear everyone in the audience just gasp, as he was just majestic. The story line is quite interesting, chronicling the relationship between a young farm boy and his horse as they get separated during the war and later reunited. This is a ‘must see’ show when in London, and I think you will not be disappointed.
The theatre itself is a newer venue and quite cheerless. It doesn’t have the ‘feel’ that the older more traditional Broadway or West-end theatres have. There are lots of concrete stairs and the venue totally lacks any kind of charm or character. BUT, when the lights go down, it’s all good as your attention is on the show.

A few do’s and don’ts.
-Get your tkts VERY far in advance . I got lucky with a single, but there was nothing left for weeks.
-Do NOT get seats that are on the upper levels on the left side (facing the stage), as there are a number of important scenes which take place on the edge of the left side and you will definitely miss those. Get seats more centered, or if on the left side, get them further back so that you can see everything. Additionally, my seat was one with an ‘obstructed view’ in that there was a safety railing right there. The ticket was very inexpensive compared to other seats, but the question should be is it worth it. I can report that the railing was not a factor at all and I rarely noticed it, and when I did, moving a bit here and there solved the problem. I was very close and caught everything, so it is worth it. Considering I got the tkt the day before (last one available), it was an awesome score. If you have this option, don’t hesitate to take it.
Again…just GO, you will love this show!

Hope this helps.

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Reviewed 19 November 2011

I was fortunate enough to have seats in row F in the stalls for this incredible production. You'll laugh, you will definitely cry, but you will also be very happy that you saw this incredibly physical, and occasionally hard to watch, and magical production! I just KNEW that Albert's whistle would prove important for Joey!

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Reviewed 11 November 2011

This is a fantastic performance and I would reccommend anyone to go and see it. The horses are awesome as is most of the acting, however, the story is very thin (probably due to being based on a childrens book) and the performance is just too long and drawn out at nearly 3 hours including the interval. The writers could easily lose 30 minutes without impacting on the story. I know that this opinion will upset the pureists and the children that know the book, but I just want entertaining.

Best bit was the goose, worst bit was following some of the plot in French and German.

Just one other thing, Is it true to the book that the lead German officer is Afro Carribean? I'm not racist in any way and the guy was a great actor, it just looked a bit wrong.

The theatre is a newish concrete thing and is a bit stark. Seats were comfey and the bar was good but a bit dear, normal for central London I expect.

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Reviewed 9 November 2011

went to see war horse with friends , had heard about it but to see it was amazing, the life size horse puppets great after a while you forget they are being worked by people, the cast out standing, well worth seeing. only thing if you take children warn them when the guns go off its LOUD made me jump !! go and see it you wont be dissappointed

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Reviewed 7 November 2011

This is a great stage performance . The puppets are so convincing that by the end you can belive they are real! A strange experience to be moved to tears by puppets ! This is a well known children's story and would certainly be suitable to children of 8 plus .

Not sure what the film will be like but the play is certainly worth seeing!

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