Like dumping a family photo album into a piranha tank, the theatre shows you what happens when the deepest human bonds get torn apart. Dive into a stirring scene with this GrouponLive deal to see War Horse at the Princess of Wales Theatre. For $69, you get one ticket for seating in the dress circle, rows A–C, center orchestra, rows FF–L, or side orchestra, rows K–N (up to a $137.50 value, depending on the date chosen and including all fees). Choose from the following shows:
- Tuesday, August 14, at 7:30 p.m.
- Wednesday, August 15, at 7:30 p.m.
- Thursday, August 16, at 7:30 p.m.
- Friday, August 17, at 7:30 p.m.
- Saturday, August 18, at 1:30 p.m.
- Saturday, August 18, at 7:30 p.m.
- Sunday, August 19, at 1:30 p.m.
- Tuesday, August 21, at 7:30 p.m.
- Wednesday, August 22, at 7:30 p.m.
- Thursday, August 23, at 7:30 p.m.
- Friday, August 24, at 7:30 p.m.
- Saturday, August 25, at 1:30 p.m.
- Saturday, August 25, at 7:30 p.m.
- Sunday, August 26, at 1:30 p.m.
Personal stories intertwine with epic set pieces and mind-boggling puppetry in War Horse, the 2007 stage adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's novel that went on to win multiple honors at the 2011 Tony awards, including Best Play. In the years leading up to World War I, young Albert Narracott is tasked with raising Joey, a feisty colt bought impulsively by Albert's father. Boy and horse soon forge an unbreakable bond, but fate and the British military conspire to keep them apart. When the “War to End All Wars” opens, Joey is conscripted to be the mount of Captain Nicholls of the British cavalry, setting off a tragic, bittersweet chain of events that finds him serving for both the Allies and the Axis, then finally surviving alone in no man’s land. Though too young to legally join up, Albert soon contrives to rescue his friend, and together, though separately, the two endure hellish battlegrounds, thundering lead-storms, and a sojourn through enemy lands.
Toronto Star reviewer Richard Ouzounian lavished the human cast with praise, saying “the level of commitment and talent is almost blinding,” yet the star of the show is Joey. At the hands of three master puppeteers, the dynamic, fluid, beautifully crafted steed moves with life-like mannerisms, rearing up, galloping, and carrying soldiers through smoke and battle scenes. His mane and tail flopping with every step, Joey forms the emotional core of the story as he makes the dazzling transformation from foal to awkward teenage horse with a taste for death metal to graceful stallion.