We took our son to see War Horse as a belated birthday present.....There was a long waiting list for tickets !!
We came up to London to Paddington and took a reasonably-priced taxi to Covent Garden for our Lunch then walked to the theatre for the afternoon matinee. The stage rotates and sticks out into the audience !
We throughly enjoyed the show and we had great seats two rows back on the right (just behind the "trench")
It is easy to believe that the horses and other animals and birds were real. The people who were working them must have spent a great deal of time observing movement of real animals....Ears twitched. tails wagged and you could see them actually "breathing" ! (the animals not the humans)
When it finished we left the theatre saying how good it was...and bumped into some of the actors including "Muller" who had come out for fresh air before they started the evening show.
In all, it is a very good, unique and novel show..
After the show we went to the Strada Italian restaurant which I have reviewed favourably elsewhere. (qv)
GONE WITH THE WIND.
This epic staging of the great film and novel is coming off on Friday due to abysmal reviews and low audience turn out. I went to see some friends, and to catch it whilst I could.
Now, while it's not the best piece of theatre to honour the New London, I don't think that this show was quite as bad as the critics made out. Sure, they've cut it heavily since then, and it's almost definitely improved with age, but still there are some truly moving moments and the brisk, no-nonsense story-telling style that Trevor Nunn did so well in Nicholas Nickleby is again evident.
Also, the set is fantastic. Wrapping around the audience in this peculiar space, we are transported back to the civil war South, and a small revolve achieves all of the wonderfully simple set-changes, meaning the action can crack on without big gaps.
This, however, is where the good times end. The songs are poor and the lyrics worse. The cast mostly deal with them spiritedly and try to shy away from the crasser rhymes ('Forgiveness is divine but nothing will and nothing ever can atone, The nightmares come again just like a fate I have no power to postpone), but they can't dig us out of this mess and before too long you're thinking that if one more member of the company opens their mouths to sing a meaningless song about nothing in particular then you're going to find the nearest window and leap. I cannot believe that Nunn couldn't, with all his years of experience, cut more from this play full of dross, and give the audience and critics a much more enjoyable evening. There is enough good material to sustain a decent show, I think, and the performances are mostly strong.
Jill Paice, in particular, is fantastic as Scarlett, achieving a wonderful mixture of sadness and playfulness, capturing that neediness for everybody to want her, but unable to see clearly until it's too late that what she wants is a fantasy. Darius Danesh, Pop Idol star, is well cast as the dashing Rhett, and has the arrogance to carry off the part well, with a deep growling voice and raised eyebrows. He is very good as the witty, louche charmer, but loses his way a little as Rhett's journey becomes more intimate.
All in all, this show probably deserves a longer life than it's allowed here, and maybe it will have one. In Germany!?
This is a very odd theatre. I don't mean this in a negative sense, but space seemed very disproportionate inside the building. It looks like a giant block from the outside and once inside you walk up numerous flights of stairs to get to the seating. I expected to find myself miles above the stage after my hike but in the end was in a relatively intimate theatre venue. A bit disorienting.
However once I was seated, I really appreciated the fact that the stage was so visible and the venue lent itself incredibly we to an elaborate set.
Small enough to feel intimate, large enough for full productions, this is a great theatre.
We visited last Thursday to see War Horse, it had been a 4 month waited as we wanted 4 seats together. This was a brilliant production where the First World War is the backdrop for this tale of bravery, loyalty, and the extraordinary bond between a young recruit and his horse. It was not long before the astonishing life-sized puppets seemd so real and you did not see the operators. What a journey through history with some very sad times. The theatre itself was very intimate but plenty of leg room and a good view of the stage fro mall seats. we were 2 rows back on the left side which was perfectly elevate to give an excellent view of the stage. Brilliant acting and well worth a visit. We had a pre theatre dinner at the Guawabara under the threatre but in the same building was an additional experience with a choice of menu (2 course £10.95) and half price drinks between 5 and 7.
Nice theatre, iffy sound from the stage,had trouble hearing it in the back row.Warhorse was dissappointing the horse puppets excellent but the story definately DISNEY not really for adults ,this show its basically written for children or gullible adults
I went to the New London Theatre a few months ago just before 'Gone With The Wind' was taken off stage.
The venue isn't my favourite theatre that I've ever been to but it is nice. It is a very small theatre which is laid out pretty well as I was in the very back row of the top tier in the corner and still had a perfect view of the stage!
As for 'Gone With The Wind' - I really enjoyed the show and was surprised by the terrible reviews it received. Granted, it's not the best piece I've ever seen at the theatre but I didn't think it was bad at all. I thought Jill Paice and Darius Danesh both did very well as Scarlett and Rhett respectively. I found myself very moved by the story, although it did perhaps go on for a bit too long, could have done with some more cutting!
Based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo, War Horse at The New London Theatre is the second staging of the play to be held in London. Originally opening at The National Theatre in 2007, it moved to it's new and perfectly intimate designed home in Drury Lane in 2009 and has continued it's huge success. Adapted for the stage by Nick Stafford and using the genius of the Handspring Puppet Company, War Horse tells the story of a relationship between a boy called Albert and a horse called Joey. Separated at the beginning of the 1st World War, it focuses on the struggle for them to be reunited against all the odds. Although there is a strong cast, the stars of the show are the Handspring's astonishing life-size puppets. Formed of wire and material the magic of the horses come alive with the talent of the puppeteers, who really bring these amazing creatures to life. I didn't expect to be emotional drawn in by the experience but found Tom Morris and Marianne Elliott's production of War Horse really brought home the sacrifice that both humans and animals made for their country during The Great War. The story has also recently been made into a Steven Spielberg film which was received high acclaim and with this production running at The New London Theatre till February 2013, War Horse is a story that will continue to touch peoples lives for some time to come. itsnosmallthing.weebly.c…
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