War Horse Reviews
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Nigel from London
I saw the London production a few months ago and it is by some distance one of the best plays I've seen in years. The puppets are the stars of the show, brilliantly manipulated by the actors who control them. The set design is awesome, vividly assisting the ever-changing storyline. And the plot executes what is to many an untold consequence of war, the fate of the million or so animals who lost their lives too. War Horse has it all and is great for all ages above 11 or 12, I'd say. It has humour, plot twists, a beautiful set, great acting, astounding puppetry and no little emotional impact too. A triumph.
Suzy kew from Connecticut
A PLAY FOR YOUR BUCKET LIST
The NY production is on a par with the one I saw in London in 2009. Astounding puppetry, brilliant stagecraft, including the sketchbook banner. Great characters; the war scenes stark and incredibly moving; hard to pick one above the others, but the night-time Channel crossing and the sight of the worn out ambulance horses that Joey and Topthorn replaced were heartbreaking. This story could have fallen into cliche and melodrama, but it doesn't. If anyone who sees it is not similarly moved, I would assume they do not understand the absolute stupidity and evil that is every war. I hope everyone keeps the ending a secret. It is a testament to how moving the play is that when I saw the play a few weeks ago, an audience member (sounded like an adult) yelled out 'NO!!!!!' when the action looked to take the worst turn possible. I've never witnessed that before. War Horse is not just exciting theatre, it is incredibly cathartic even today when so much in the world breaks our hearts. GO!!!
Marie G from Atlanta, GA
ABSOLUTELY, MIND-BLOWINGLY AMAZING!!!
The theatrical genius behind this production is worthy of the accolades it's already received. The content is absorbing enough, but add to it the brilliance of life-sized equines and you have a play that is NOT TO BE MISSED...advise theatre-goers to opt for premium seats so as to see up close the movements & actions of the puppet horses(did I say puppets? they're so much more than that)...This is sheer magic (but not for young kids)....
Becky from Indpls, Indiana
We just saw this play on 7/7/11 and it was everything we had hoped for and read about. The puppets are mind-boggling and the acting was great. I especially liked the young man who played Albert. Would take anyone over 12 years of age due to some intense parts and the long length of the show. Amazing! Go see it!!
Dennis from Atlanta, GA
Absolutely wonderful show. Very quickly forgot that there were people manipulating the horses. Story was touching. It didn't seem like 2.5 hours. Heard about War Horse from relatives who saw it in London. Highly recommend it, but, not for sensitive children or adults with little imagination. Great venue, no bad seats. Will see it again.
Sara from Birmingham
You wouldn't initially think it, but the actors controlling the puppets disappear, and you're left watching a real horse and even begin to develop an attachment to Joey. It really is a moving, powerful piece of theatre!
Eden from Norway
I saw this show in London last year and it is close to perfect theatre - exciting, moving, thrilling, and the horses are extraordinary. I loved every minute.
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