Theatre Royal Stratford East · 15 FEB - 23 MAR

Award-winning director Ned Bennett brings Peter Shaffer’s psychological thriller Equus to the stage in a bold new production of the critically-acclaimed classic.

“Director Ned Bennett is fast becoming a cult figure with a track record of chilling, ambitious thrillers. He wowed audiences at the National with An Octoroon and Pomona - and used terrifying giant bunnies to great effect at The Yard with Buggy Baby. His acclaimed revival of Equus at Stratford East is intense and exhilarating.”
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28 February 2019  ·  Follow on Stagedoor
“Ned Bennett takes the reins of Peter Shaffer’s 1970s nag, and goodness me the gallop is an exhilarating one. We are used to classic plays being re-invented but Bennett takes this middle-brow play that pits reason and passion against each other and turns it into a theatrical psychological thriller which is genuinely thrilling and not a little unsettling.”


When teenager Alan Strang’s pathological fascination leads him to blind six horses, psychiatrist Dr. Martin Dysart is tasked with uncovering the motive behind the boy’s violent act. As Dysart delves into Alan’s world of twisted spirituality, passion and sexuality, he begins to question his own sanity and motivations in a world driven by consumerism.

Age Recommendation: 14+

Critic reviews

Troubling, rich and riveting, it's a must-see


The horses exude power and physical might, but in a symbolic way that echoes the best moments of Shaffer's tex

The Arts Desk

Stark, striking and frequently brilliant production of Peter Shaffer’s play

The Stage

This hipster update of Peter Shaffer’s horsey psychodrama is feverishly intense

Time Out

Frequently dazzling, acutely truthful production

London Theatre

Peter Shaffer's homoerotic classic is exhilarating

The Guardian

Peter Shaffer's classic still has the power to shock and provoke shivers

The Telegraph

This really is great theatre, and something that should be seen by everyone

Broadway World

Mesmerising intensity and intimacy in disturbing modern classic

Evening Standard

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Fri 15 Feb - Sat 23 Mar, 2.30pm & 7.30pm


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