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What Is the Story of War Horse?
War Horse centers on the relationship between Albert, a teenager growing up on a farm in Devon, England, just before World War I, and his beloved half-thoroughbred horse, Joey. Albert’s family is poor, and his father raises cash by selling Joey to the cavalry as the war begins in 1914. Too young to enlist, Albert craves news of his horse, which was shipped to the battlefield in France. Three years later, Albert runs away to join the army, determined to find Joey and bring him home. Meanwhile, this smart and brave horse is pulled into service on both sides of the conflict before being left on his own in no-man’s-land, surrounded by trenches and barbed wire.
What Is War Horse Like?
War Horse is a thrillingly unique theatrical epic in which actors tell the story alongside (and sometimes astride) lifelike horse puppets. The vast stage at Lincoln Center Theater’s Vivian Beaumont Theater is virtually bare, but the cast of 35 (including groups of three performers who control the horse puppets’ “head, heart and hind”) is constantly on the move in scenes that jump from the Devon countryside to the battlefields and forests of World War I-era France. The bond between young Albert and his horse, Joey, is utterly believable, and audiences come to care deeply about what will happen to both of them. This is a don’t-miss event for anyone who loves stage drama.
Is War Horse Good for Kids?
Although War Horse is based on a children’s novel and features a teen protagonist, it includes scenes of mass death on the battlefield, suffering “horses” and shell-shocked soldiers. The content is no more upsetting than a PG action movie, but a live performance can be a more intense experience for young audiences. The play is best for ages 12 and up.