Magnificent War Horse returns to The Lowry
Wednesday 20th June 2018 @ 13:06 by Nigel Skinner
Entertainment

The powerful National Theatre production of War Horse is back in Manchester until June 30 at The Lowry Theatre, Salford directed by Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris.

Based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo and adapted by Nick Stafford it is presented in association with the award-winning Handspring Puppet Company.

The War Horse story has become an anthem for peace through the production and the Spielberg film.

Morpurgo was inspired to write the story of War Horse from finding an old oil painting of a horse called Joey by Captain James Nicholls.

The story is seen through the eyes of the horse reared on a Devon farm by Albert and sold to go to the frontline as a British cavalry horse, captured by Germans and used to pull guns and ambulances.

The tragedy and horrors of the First World War is magnificently conveyed in this production, including the unknown millions of horses that died.

This is an emotional journey that will move you to tears from the young foal that magically transforms into the handsome horse which is breath-taking.

Drawings from Nicholls’ sketchbook inspired designer Rae Smith to communicate the story through a visual language from a page ripped from Nicholls’ sketchbook, becoming a huge 25-metre wide projection screen above the stage forming a landscape covering the rural scenes of Devon to the destruction on the battlefield.

You forget that the horses are puppets as they are expertly manipulated conveying the majestic form and character of the horses while the cheeky goose commands the stage!

Albert Narracott (Thomas Dennis) is exceptional and the chemistry between him and Joey is outstanding and moving.

Albert’s mother Rose Narracott (Jo Castleton), Billy Narracott (Jasper William Cartwright), Ted Narracott (Gwilym Lloyd), Lieutenant Nicholls (Ben Ingles), Chapman Carter (Marcus Adolphy), John Greig (Adam Barlow), Song Man (Bob Fox) and all the talented cast make this stunning production one not to be missed.

For information and to book tickets: https://www.thelowry.com/events/war-horse

Review by Denise Evans

Picture courtesy Brinkhoff & M+Agenburg