Directors: Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris
Puppet Design and Fabrication: Basil Jones & Adrian Kohler
Designer/Drawings: Rae Smith
Projection & Animation Design 59 Productions
Lighting Designer: Paule Constable
Director of Movement: Toby Sedgwick
Songmaker: John Tams
Music: Adrian Sutton
Sound Designer: Christopher Shutt
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Princess of Wales Theatre, Toronto
From February 28th 2012
'War Horse is bold, brave and beautiful and heart-stoppingly wonderful.'
**** out of 4 Toronto Star
'A magical show'
**** Globe and Mail
'In terms of staging techniques you might say that this is where Equus meets The Lion King, though there was nothing in The Lion King as shattering as this show’s first evocation of the actual shock of battle. It’s a confluence of design (Rae Smith), music (Adrian Sutton), lighting (Paule Constable) and, perhaps above all, projections (59 Productions) that are preternaturally stark, clear and economical.'
'Appreciation of War Horse is as much about how it is done as it is about the lure of a yarn that refuses to let us go. The use of projections of drawings on an overhead screen in the shaped of a torn page from a sketchbook, is nothing short of brilliant.'
'The show is visually stunning, emotionally heartbreaking and possesses the unique ability to unite an entire theatre filled with people of different age ranges and backgrounds in one common theatrical experience.'
War Horse premiered at the National Theatre in November 2007. After two sold-out runs, it moved to London's West End in March 2009 where it continues to play to capacity houses at the New London Theatre. Since opening at the Lincoln Center Theatre, New York, it has broken box office records and has won numerous awards, including 5 Tonys.
War Horse is a magnificent drama, filled with stirring music and beautiful songs. But it is more than just a compelling tale. This is a show of indescribable grandeur and sheer inventiveness - perhaps the most magical production ever staged for the Beaumont. There are breathing, galloping, charging horses on the stage - their flanks, hides and sinews built of steel, leather and aircraft cables. They are life-size puppets strong enough for men to ride. And that's just one element of this imaginative epic:
"Now and then the theatre throws up a piece of work so exhilarating that it makes you rejoice to be alive. WAR HORSE is just such an occasion... A sweeping drama of extraordinary power. Its sheer skill and invention are simply awe-inspiring."
The Times of London
"Straight after coming home from seeing WAR HORSE, I went online to book tickets to see it again. It is an extraordinary piece of theater that is at once both epic and intimate, absolutely guaranteed to move the heart. Everything about the production has an engrossing magnificence. A show for all ages and all time."