“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.”
“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+
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
This hipster update of Peter Shaffer’s horsey psychodrama is feverishly intense
Frequently dazzling, acutely truthful production
Peter Shaffer's homoerotic classic is exhilarating
Peter Shaffer's classic still has the power to shock and provoke shivers
This really is great theatre, and something that should be seen by everyone
Mesmerising intensity and intimacy in disturbing modern classic
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