REVIEW: War Horse at the Brighton Centre

National Theatre, War Horse. Picture by Birgit
National Theatre, War Horse. Picture by Birgit
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The National Theatre’s acclaimed production has made its way to Brighton, and it’s a show not to be missed.

The show depicts the horror of war through a horse’s eyes, but has a few tender moments, and even an opportunity for a laugh or two.

RS Jasper William Cartwright (Billy), Tom Quinn, Domonic Ramsden & Nicky Cross (Joey). NT War Horse Tour 2017-2018. Photo by Brinkhoff&M+�genburg WAR HORSE UK Tour 2017 SUS-180201-121200001

RS Jasper William Cartwright (Billy), Tom Quinn, Domonic Ramsden & Nicky Cross (Joey). NT War Horse Tour 2017-2018. Photo by Brinkhoff&M+�genburg WAR HORSE UK Tour 2017 SUS-180201-121200001

Young Albert’s friendship with his horse Joey pulls on the heart strings, contrasted with the bleak, harrowing trench warfare.

His father’s selfish and callous sale of Joey to the army sparks a journey for both Albert and his beloved horse, where we discover the impact of the First World War on all sides.

We meet English and German soldiers, as well as French citizens, all caught up in the same horrors, and all linked by their friendship with Joey.

And the skill of the actors controlling the equine puppets is remarkable – it’s not long before you forget they are there, and all you see is the horse.

The actor controlling the goose also comes in for high praise – his facial expressions often mirrored the actions of his puppet – bringing a bit of light relief.

You will be taken on a rollercoaster ride of emotions throughout the performance, so prepare to shed a few tears.

This adaption of Michael Morpurgo’s book is magnificent.

While it’s in Brighton, don’t miss it.

War Horse opened at The Brighton Centre on Thursday (January 25), and runs until February 10.

Tickets are from £20. Call the box office on 0844 847 1515, or visit: www.brightoncentre.co.uk