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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