Show Stoppers Column: West End War Horse is well-loved

Nancy Stevens previews the unforgettable World War I theatrical event in her round-up of September’s top theatre shows in MK…

WAR HORSE UK Tour 2017

Michael Morpurgo’s well-loved novel WAR HORSE has been dramatised by the National Theatre, spent eight record-breaking years in the West End, played in 11 countries around the world to over 7 million people, and comes to MK Theatre 19 Sept – 6 October.

This powerfully moving and imaginative drama, with stirring music and songs, is a show of phenomenal inventiveness. At its heart are astonishing life-sized horses by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, who bring breathing, galloping, charging horses to thrilling life on stage.

At the outbreak of WWI, Joey, young Albert’s beloved horse, is sold to the Cavalry and shipped to France. He’s caught up in enemy fire, and fate takes him on an extraordinary journey, serving on both sides before finding himself alone in no man’s land.

Albert is played by Thomas Dennis, who has MK connections, and remains on his parents’ Devon farm but cannot forget Joey. Though still not old enough to enlist, he embarks on a treacherous mission to find Joey and bring him home.

War Horse is an unforgettable theatrical event that takes audiences on an extraordinary journey from the fields of rural Devon to the French trenches of World War I.

RAINMAN comes to MK Theatre 3-8 Sept, based on the four-time Oscar-winning film starring Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman.

When self-centred salesman Charlie Babbitt (Ed Speelers – Downton Abbey) discovers that he has a long-lost older brother, Raymond, (Mathew Horne – Gavin in Gavin & Stacey), who has inherited the family multimillion-dollar fortune, he sets out to get ‘his half’.

Raymond, an autistic savant, has a remarkable memory and is a genius for numbers. Determined to get his hands on the money, Charlie ‘borrows’ Raymond from the institution where he has spent most of his life.

As the brothers embark on a trip across America, Charlie discovers that Raymond is worth more than he could have imagined.

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This column was published in the September 2018 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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