“Ned Bennett’s revival of Peter Shaffer’s 1970s drama, which pits reason against passion, is a brilliant and engrossing evening. Shaffer’s play can seem a little ponderous and full of itself and transforms it into a psychological thriller which interrogates the banality of everyday life, the feelings that seethe beneath and the way repression deforms us. Bennett makes stable boy Alan Strang’s homeo-erotic relationship with horses explicit in an evening of real power.”
“Trafalgar Studios have snapped up another of London's best Off West End hits for a well deserved transfer. When it opened at Theatre Royal Stratford East earlier this year, the Evening Standard critic described Equus as "mesmerising" in its intensity and intimacy. Following the great reviews, it played to sold out audiences night after night. If you weren't lucky enough to get a ticket the first time, this is your chance!”
When teenager Alan Strang’s pathological fascination leads him to blind six horses in a Hampshire stable, psychiatrist Dr. Martin Dysart is tasked with uncovering the motive behind the boy’s actions. 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.
Inspired by a true story, Peter Shaffer’s ‘mesmerising’ (Evening Standard) and transfixing psychological thriller is re-imagined by award-winning director Ned Bennett in this ‘dazzling new revival’ (Sunday Times) at London’s Trafalgar Studios.
Troubling, rich and riveting, it's a must-see
Stark, striking and frequently brilliant production of Peter Shaffer’s play
Peter Shaffer's homoerotic classic is exhilarating
Peter Shaffer's classic still has the power to shock and provoke shivers
Potent and clever revival makes the play seem better than it is
An exhilarating and disturbing production that always stays true to the thrust of Shaffer’s play: that unfathomable wonders and terrors exist inside our heads, and that there is a tragedy in our need to kill them
There is nothing like this in the West End. It’s one ride you won’t want to miss
This version of the dark psychodrama absolutely nails it in a nerve jangling couple of hours that is definitely worthy of a rosette or two
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