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Written by Peter Shaffer

‘You will not see a better production of this masterpiece.’ The Observer
‘Still has the power to shock and provoke shivers.’ The Telegraph
‘A dazzling revival... terrific.’ The Sunday Times
‘Stark, striking and really quite brilliant.’ The Stage
‘Exhilarating...enabled me to see the play through fresh eyes.’ The Guardian
‘Ethan Kai is a revelation and Zubin Varla is quietly sensational.’ The Times

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.

Running time: approximately 2 hours 40 minutes (including interval)

A co-production with Theatre Royal Stratford East


Theatre Royal Stratford East

15 Feb - 23 Mar 2019

Cambridge Arts Theatre

26 - 30 Mar 2019

Theatre Royal Bath

2 - 6 Apr 2019

Bristol Old Vic

16 - 20 Apr 2019

The Lowry, Salford

23 - 27 Apr 2019

Northern Stage, Newcastle

30 Apr - 4 May 2019

Yvonne Arnaud Theatre Guildford

7 - 11 May 2019

Trafalgar Studios, London

6 Jul - 7 Sep 2019

Rehearsal Gallery


Creative Team

Written by

Peter Shaffer


Ned Bennett


Georgia Lowe

Lighting Designer

Jessica Hung Han Yun

Composer & Sound Designer

Giles Thomas

Movement Director

Shelley Maxwell

Associate Lighting Designer (Trafalgar Studios)

Christopher Nairne

Associate Sound Designer (Trafalgar Studios)

Emma Laxton

Assistant Director

Denzel Westley-Sanderson

Design Assistant (Trafalgar Studios)

Hannah Wolfe

Casting Director

Anne McNulty CDG

Casting Associate

Lucy Casson

Additional Casting (Trafalgar Studios)

Serena Hill

Costume Supervisor (UK Tour)

Natasha Prynne

Costume Supervisor (Trafalgar Studios)

Lydia Cawson

Assistant Costume Supervisor (UK Tour)

Finlay Forbes Gower

Voice Coach

Rebecca Cuthbertson


Frank Strang / Horse

UK Tour, Trafalgar Studios Robert Fitch

Harry Dalton / Nurse / Horse

UK Tour, Trafalgar Studios Keith Gilmore

Alan Strang

UK Tour, Trafalgar Studios Ethan Kai

Dora Strang / Horse

UK Tour Syreeta Kumar

Hesther Salomon / Horse

UK Tour Ruth Lass

Jill Mason / Horse

UK Tour, Trafalgar Studios Norah Lopez Holden

Young Horseman / Nugget

UK Tour, Trafalgar Studios Ira Mandela Siobhan

Martin Dysart

UK Tour, Trafalgar Studios Zubin Varla

Dora Strang / Horse

Trafalgar Studios Doreene Blackstock

Hesther Salomon / Horse

Trafalgar Studios Natalie Radmall-Quirke

Hesther/Dora/Jill (Understudy)

Trafalgar Studios Joanne Gallagher

Dysart / Frank / Dalton (Understudy)

Trafalgar Studios Simon Hepworth

Alan Strang (Understudy)

Trafalgar Studios Joseph Langdon

Young Horseman / Nugget (Understudy)

Trafalgar Studios Scott Maurice


Ned Bennet – Directing Workshop

London 18 - 21 Mar 2019 More info →