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. Choose from the following shows:
- Tuesday, August 28, at 7:30 p.m. (up to a $117.50 value, including all fees)
- Wednesday, August 29, at 1:30 p.m. (up to a $106.50 value, including all fees)
- Wednesday, August 29, at 7:30 p.m. (up to a $117.50 value, including all fees)
- Thursday, August 30, at 7:30 p.m. (up to a $117.50 value, including all fees)
- Friday, August 31, at 7:30 p.m. (up to a $117.50 value, including all fees)
- Saturday, September 1, at 1:30 p.m. (up to a $137.50 value, including all fees)
- Saturday, September 1, at 7:30 p.m. (up to a $137.50 value, including all fees)
- Sunday, September 2, at 1:30 p.m. (up to a $137.50 value, including all fees)
Personal stories intertwine with epic set pieces and mind-boggling puppetry in War Horse, the 2007 stage adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's novel, which went on to win multiple honours 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” begins, 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 join up legally, Albert 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 lifelike 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.
Princess of Wales Theatre
The first privately owned and financed theatre in Canada since 1907, the Princess of Wales Theatre lures crowds with classic and technologically stunning performances made possible by a wide, deep-set stage. Once inside, visitors gawk at the horseshoe design of architect Peter Smith, winner of the Governor General’s Award, and the work of dozens of highly skilled artisans. Venetian terrazzo floors complement glass and tile mosaics glistening under handmade metal light fixtures, and doorways and arches cut from african sapele wood punctuate 10,000 square feet of murals by artist Frank Stella.