Inspired by a true story, Peter Shaffer’s gripping psychological thriller, EQUUS, explores the complex relationships between devotion, myth and sexuality.
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 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.
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.
An extraordinary performance of an extraordinary well-known work. So well crafted. The Fluid Movement of actors as horses was mesmerising and highly skilled.
Equus is a magical script and the story will have you enraptured even though this production didn't go as deep as previous iterations I've seen. The lead character while a terrific actor was not believable as a 17 year old character (he looks like he in his 30ies) and fails to capture the real layered evolution of Alan's character. Woman playing Jill was terrific as was the entire supporting cast. The character of Martin Dysart was a solid but not entirely memorable performance of a truly rich role.
Too much smoking in the play. Why? Aren’t there stage cigarettes that can be used? I had to leave there was just too much smoke from the constant cigarette smoking.
Thought-provoking play, particularly impressed by the stunning display of the male actors portraying horses, their physical movements were just incredible. Really glad to have caught this play before it left Stratford.
Absolutely blown away by this performance. A profoundly moving story that was very well acted. 5 stars!
An absolutely stunning show. Really can't praise it highly enough. Loved everything about it and will be looking out for future performances in this lovely venue.
Great show, very impressive loved it
The best production of Equus I have ever seen - perfectly cast with all the actors collectively giving a superb portrayal of this challenging story. The actor playing Alan Strang was quite outstanding, as was the psychiatrist. Not quite sure about him lying on the floor for 10 minutes apparently asleep before the performance began! I can highly recommend this production and wish the cast every continued success.
Minimally set does not detract from drama . outstanding performance by the actor playing Alan.
Imaginative and boldly theatrical, Not sure that the more prosaically narrative passges meld entirely seemlessly with the adventurous choreography, and the play itself has its problems; but definitely an experience to be recommnded. Great horse and splendid boy.
Equus is a fail-safe play that will always work. This production, while more interesting and erotic than the West End one of a few years ago, is currently let down by below par acting. A Guardian journalist recently got terribly excited by watching the rehearsals and games, but this preparatory excitement has not transferred to the stage, where connection and precision are lacking, by actors who have been good and exciting in previous work. So ultimately disappointing.
This was a lively, exciting production. The setting was sparse but the lighting direction and sound were excellent. This was a very imaginative approach to the play and the direction was constantly impressive. The acting was top class. This was a production that was worth seeing.
Theatre Royal Stratford East
Gerry Raffles Square, London E15 1BN
No refunds available after purchase.
Suitable For Children
Over 14s only
When Can I Go
Friday 15th February - Saturday 23rd March 2019 at 7:30PM (2:30PM, Saturday Matinees)
Where Do I Go
Gerry Raffles Square