On-stage theatre thrill proves just the ticket

Leo and Hebe Reynolds at the New London Theatre
Leo and Hebe Reynolds at the New London Theatre
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IT was a one in a million chance which saw Hebe and Leo Reynolds horsing around on a West End theatre stage.

And they can thank their mum Adrice for the rare mare opportunity.

She booked tickets for the children’s play War Horse at Drury Lane’s New London Theatre - only to be told she was the one millionth customer and had won a VIP day for the family.

“We got taken back stage, met the cast, met the author Michael Morpurgo and were given free food and drink all day,” says the 44-year-old of Dungworth Green, Dungworth.

“It was absolutely magical and the children had the time of their lives – especially when they got taken on stage and got to ride on the puppet props.”

“It was like being on a real horse,” said nine-year-old Leo, a pupil at Bradfield Dungworth Primary.

“It was strange,” said Hebe, 12, who attends Bradfield School.

The family, with gardener dad John, 50, then watched the play in upgraded seats.

“The kids loved the book War Horse, and meeting the author was a real thrill for them,” said Adrice, a Sheffield Care Trust care worker.