IT’S little wonder why tickets for War Horse at the Wales Millennium Centre were snapped up some 18 months ago.

The critically acclaimed National Theatre Production galloped into Cardiff Bay on Wednesday, June 18 with opening night receiving a standing ovation.

Set at the dawn of World War I, War Horse tells the remarkable tale of courage, loyalty and friendship between 16 year-old Albert Narracott (Lee Armstrong) and his beloved horse.

Joey, a life-sized breathing, galloping horse is brought to life by the incredible talents of the Handspring Puppet Company, who re-create the intricate movements of the horse, right down to twitching ears and a swishing tail.

Joey is first introduced to us as a foal for sale at auction and the audience sees him grow into one of the finest horses in the land. He is sold to the cavalry for £100 at the outbreak of the war by Albert’s father and is taken away to France to be an officer’s horse. A devastated Albert lies about his age to enlist in the army, and embarks on a mission to find his friend and bring him back to the family farm in Devon.

The story is based on Michael Morpurgo’s best-selling novel and is complimented by poignant music, with the haunting sounds of folk singer Bob Fox, dramatic lighting and a stunning artwork. Be prepared to jump out of your seat during the battle scenes, with tanks, rifles, pistols, swords and even a canon.

Overall, War Horse is a visually stunning and deeply moving portrayal of life during the war and what better time to go and see it during the centenary of World War I. It will be at the Wales Millennium Centre until July 19. For tickets visit