We all know that London is the epicentre of UK theatre, but every so often one of its award-winning productions breaks free from the big smoke to tour the length of The UK. The most recent of the theatrical giants to do this is West End smash hit War Horse, which has been the topic on everyone’s lips from the London Luvvies to the Edinburgh Eccentrics.
Having seen the London production back in January (see my review here), I can safely say I am a War Horse convert. I watched the show transfixed on the magical and amazingly life-like puppetry of the horses which is what makes this play entirely unique. Along with a heart wrenching story about one young boy’s unlikely friendship with Joey the horse, War Horse sits firmly in my top 3 best theatre shows ever! People are getting seriously excited about the productions first ever UK tour. And if you’re not, then you definitely should be!
The War Horse UK tour opens up the endless new theatre break options in various cities around the UK, so here’s a run down of the 3 all important W’s:
Where? Theatre Royal Plymouth
When? 27th September – 12th October 2013
Why? Seeing as the story of War Horse is set in the Devonshire countryside, it seems perfectly fitting to kick off its UK tour in none other than Plymouth. See the story of the Narracott family in their natural surroundings and be one of the first crowds to watch the highly anticipated tour. Nestled right on the south coast of England, anyone tempted to catch War Horse in Plymouth will Trade traffic fumes and crowds for sea air and sand on a relaxing theatre break. Sounds like an easy trade off to me!
Oh, and for just £75.50 per person, you can get your theatre tickets with a one night stay at The Legacy Plymouth International Hotel 3* hotel including a complimentary cream tea on arrival, a complimentary bottle of wine in your room and full breakfast!
Where? Edinburgh Playhouse
When? 22nd January – 15th February 2014
Why? Edinburgh is an amazing city to enjoy a short break in at the best of times, but when you throw in a stunning piece of theatre into the mix then you have the ingredients for a killer mini-break! Being home to the world famous Edinburgh Festival, Edinburgh is no stranger to theatre lovers flocking in their droves to watch amazing theatre in the city. War Horse Edinburgh is certainly set to reel in the same theatre-loving crowds.
My fellow Superbreak blogger Vikki enjoyed a weekend break in Edinburgh last weekend and stayed at the Super luxurious Sheraton Grand Hotel. She blogged about it here
Where? Bord Gais Energy Theatre
When? 26th March – 26th April 2014
Why? The Bord Gais Energy Theatre is a stunning playhouse showcasing the best in ballet, opera, dramas and musicals. With all the grandeur and red velvet of the most ornate West End theatres, you can expect witness War Horse in surroundings worthy of this spectacular show. Located on the iconic Dublin docklands and housed within a super modern structure, you’ll be watching War Horse from an entirely unique perspective (not to mention the interval Guinness).
Where? Sunderland Empire
When? 30th April – 17th May 2014
Why? After dutifully trekking all the way down to London to catch the best shows, Northerners can now rejoice that War Horse will be performed in their neck of the woods. The Sunderland Empire is located just 7 minutes from the beautiful North East coastline, so anyone on a War Horse Sunderland theatre break can make the most of the near by seaside. And if they fancy something a little livelier, the many bars and restaurants of Newcastle are just 30 minutes away.
Where? Wales Millennium Centre
When? 19th June – 19th July 2014
Why? Being performed in Wales’ number 1 visitor attraction means that a War Horse Cardiff theatre break offers much more than just the show itself. Choose from a unique selection of bars and restaurants for the perfect pre or post show refreshments and scoop up some local advice from the Tourist Information Centre. With plenty of gorgeous and affordable accommodation just minutes away from the Millenium Centre (such as The 4* Future Inn Cardiff Bay) War Horse Cardiff has the lot.
Where do you fancy catching War Horse on its UK tour?