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War Horse

War Horse

Based on the beloved novel by Michael Morpurgo, this powerfully moving and imaginative drama, filled with stirring music and songs, is a show of phenomenal inventiveness.At its heart are astonishing life-sized horses by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, who bring breathing, galloping, charging horses to thrilling life on stage. Read more …

War Horse is an unforgettable theatrical event which takes audiences on an extraordinary journey from the fields of rural Devon to the trenches of First World War France.

The critical consensus

Heartbreakingly brilliant.

*****Michael Cox, Across the Arts

Is involving, emotional, visually spectacular and every bit as good as you have probably heard.

*****Hugh Simpson, All Edinburgh Theatre, 19/04/2018

Forget Spielberg’s film version. There is more flesh, blood, muscle and guts on show here than any wide-screen rendition can muster. All of which suggests that War Horse is unlikely to be put out to grass for some time yet.

*****Neil Cooper, Coffee-Table Notes, 19/04/2018

War Horse is an incredibly beautiful story and the staging is outstanding. I defy anybody to not be moved by the relationship between Albert and Joey and completely captivated by this masterpiece!

*****Natalie O'Donoghue, Broadway Baby, 19/04/2018

It is only in the closing scene that the emotions are actually stirred. But, boy, what a spectacle.

Peter Callaghan, Review Sphere, 19/04/2018

This evening is every expectation excelled.

*****John Kennedy, The Edinburgh Reporter, 19/04/2018

In this, the 100th anniversary year of the end of the First World War, there could not be a more fitting time to see Morpurgo’s novel realised on stage in this astounding production.

*****Katie Stephen, Edinburgh Guide, 20/04/2018

Eye-catching puppetry covers for run-of-the-mill storyline in this theatrical phenomenon.

****(*)Robert Peacock, The Wee Review, 20/04/2018

There are supreme moments of visual splendour, with a full arsenal of theatrical tools being deployed to create some astonishing moments of drama.

****(*)Gareth Davies, The Reviews Hub, 19/04/2018

Disappointingly lacklustre touring puppetry production.

***(*)(*)Gareth K Vile, The List, 31/01/2019

Features about War Horse

Where and when?

Festival Theatre, Edinburgh from Wednesday April 18, 2018, until Saturday May 12, 2018. More info:

SEC, Glasgow from Tuesday January 15, 2019, until Saturday February 2, 2019. More info:

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