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...

English Touring Theatre and Theatre Royal Stratford East 


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Inspired by a true story, Peter Shaffer’s rarely performance masterpiece, Equus, explores the complex relationship between devotion, myth and sexuality. This gripping new production is directed by the award-winning Ned Bennett.

When teenager Alan Strang’s pathological fascination leads him to blind six horses, psychiatrist Dr Martin Dysart is tasked with uncovering the motive. 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.

This exhilarating production reimagines the play for 2019 creating a unique sensory treat that you have never seen before. If you think you know Equus, you’re in for some surprises.

Equus is a co-production between UK Theatre Award winners English Touring Theatre and Theatre Royal Stratford East.

Cast

ALAN STRANG - ETHAN KAI(Goats at Royal Court Theatre)

MARTIN DYSART - ZUBIN VARLA(Nominated for the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical for Fun Home)

YOUNG HORSEMAN/NUGGET - IRA MANDELA SIOBHAN(Feast at The Young Vic)

HARRY DALTON/NURSE/HORSE - KEITH GILMORE(Romeo & Juliet at Shakespeare's Globe)

JILL MASON/HORSE - NORAH LOPEZ HOLDEN (The Winter's Tale at Shakespeare's Globe)

FRANK STRANG/HORSE - ROBERT FITCH(Wait Until Dark at the Garrick Theatre)

DORA STRANG/HORSE - SYREETA KUMAR (Made In India at Soho Theatre)

HESTER SALOMAN/HORSE - RUTH LASS (The Tempest at the Barbican)

Creatives

DIRECTOR - NED BENNETT

MOVEMENT DIRECTOR - SHELLEY MAXWELL

DESIGN  - GEORGIA LOWE

LIGHTING - JESSICA HUNG HAN YUN

SOUND - GILES THOMAS

ASSISTANT DIRECTION - DENZEL WESLEY-SANDERSON

CASTING - ANNE MCNULTY


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Reviews

“…testament to the unique power of Shaffer’s script, and Bennett’s deft revival, that almost half a century on from its first performance, Equus continues to provoke shivers…” 
★★★★ The Telegraph

“You will not see a better production of this grim masterpiece” 
★★★★ The Observer

“...What a magnificent evening this is...” 
★★★★ The Evening Standard

"Tantalisingly situated at a point somewhere between Dysart's feverish nightmare and Alan's guilty orgasm, this is haunting, engrossing theatre. Troubling, rich and riveting, it's a must-see."
★★★★ Whats On Stage

"This is Equus with the reins off” 
★★★★ The Times

"Stark, striking and frequently brilliant production of Peter Shaffer’s play” 
★★★★ The Stage

"And the same is true of this frequently dazzling, acutely truthful production: a play I thought I knew well (and haven't always liked) comes alive as if freshly minted” 
★★★★ London Theatre

“…this production confirms that Bennett is a director to watch…”
★★★★ The Guardian 


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Equus

Access

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Captioned performances**

Wed 1 May, 7.30pm (Stage Text)

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Audio Described performance & Touch Tour

Sat 4 May, 2pm (Vocal Eyes)

(Touch tours are usually 1hr 30mins before the performance start time)

** For best visibility of our caption units, we would recommend sitting in rows E – L.

Northern Stage is fully accessible. The theatre has three lifts providing access to all parts of the building, including the accessible toilets, baby changing facilities, stages 2 & 3 and the backstage area. Buggy parking is available. To discuss any access needs, take a look at our access page or please call our Box Office on 0191 230 5151.