Thursday, 10 December 2009
I have just been to see War Horse at the New London Theatre in Drury Lane. Adapted from a story by Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo, it is set at the outbreak of World War I in a Devon village. A chap who's had a few too many ales buys a colt at an auction and his son forms a deep attachment to Joey as he grows into a fine hunter. Unfortunately the wretched father sells the horse to the Army and the young lad must follow him to the battle front in the hope of being reunited with his beloved equine friend. It is a poignant story and the staging is impressive in its minimalism, the use of projection, lighting effects and alarming sound. But undoubtedly the stars of this production are the horses.