All Quiet on the West-End Front

By William Rycroft

Go behind the scenes of the National Theatre’s production of War Horse.

Thursday, 20 April 2017




I just got my calculator out and that’s basically a third of the way there.
In a month.
Give yourselves a round of applause. All 180 of you.

Now stop clapping, you’re going to confuse people around you. 

Thank you, once again, all of you, it’s wonderful to have your support. One of the best things about this journey so far is that I’ve spoken to people that I haven’t been able to chat with in months, or even years. It’s been great to catch up with you all and the idea of seeing your names together with people I've never met, but who want to read this book, makes me feel all warm and tingly inside.

But we’re not there yet. There’s a little work to do. And I have one thing that I’d like all of you to do if you can.

Think of a single person. Not just any person. Think of one person that you reckon would love to read this book. They might be a relative or friend who saw the show and loved it. They might be a theatre fan or acting student. They might even be Steven Spielberg (seriously, has anyone got his email?). I don’t want you to make you tweet or post on Facebook about this book, I want you to pick one person who you think would genuinely benefit from having this excellent book on their shelves and I want you to tell them about it. Lay it on thick. Employ emotional blackmail if necessary. If each of you could convince just one person to pre-order a copy of the book we’d suddenly be at…*gets calculator out again*…60%!

Or thereabouts.

Wouldn’t that be great?!

Then I’d be able to tell you the next exciting thing about the book…

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