Why See Equus?
West End Transfer
Hot off the back of a five-star run at Theatre Royal Stratford East and a subsequent U.K tour, Trafalgar Studios will host the West End premiere of Ned Bennet's stunning revival of Peter Schaffer's 1973 masterpiece this summer.
Retaining much of its original cast, including Ethan Kai as troubled teen Alan Strang and Zubin Varla as Dr. Martin Dysart, the psychiatrist charged with unraveling his motives, the odds are that this transfixing psychodrama will surely repeat it's out of town success and become one of the season's most sought-after tickets.
The story of Equus
Over two and half riveting hours, Schaffer's play introduces us to Alan Strang's haunting story. After blinding six horses in a twisted fit of sexual and religious mania, it's up to Dr. Martin Dysart to question the boy and discover the cause of his violent behavior. But as Dysart delves into Alan's obsession, it only serves to loosen his own grasp on reality - soon serving to blur the lines between 'right' and 'wrong' irrevocably.
Please note - the production contains the following and is not suitable for those under 16
- Strong language and adult themes
- Strobe lighting (7 seconds)
Previews from: 6 July 2019
Opening night: 6 July 2019
Recommended for 16+
Two hours and 40 minutes with one interval
And before you stop reading
This production contains themes of violence and discussions of mental health. It also contains scenes of sexual violence, full frontal nudity, and strong language. The production contains strobe lighting, haze, loud noises and the smoking of herbal cigarettes.
Cast and Creative
Robert Fitch as Frank Strang/Horse
Keith Gilmore as Harry Dalton/Nurse/Horse
Ethan Kai as Alan Strang
Norah Lopez Holden as Jill Mason/Horse
Ira Mandela Siobhan as Young Horseman/Nugget
Zubin Varla as Martin Dysart
Written by Peter Schaffer
Directed by Ned Bennett
Design by Georgia Lowe
Lighting by Jessica Hung Han Yun
Composition and Sound by Giles Thomas
Movement by Shelley Maxwell
What we thought
SATISFYING thrilling Landmark
truly a brilliant adaptation, weaving performance and stagecraft into the reigns of a horrifying yet cathartic tale.
Cantering into the West End after a highly acclaimed run at Stratford East earlier this year, it is safe to report that Ned Bennet's revival of Peter Shaffer's 1973 masterpiece is thoroughly deserving of this transfer.Read full review
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