For the first time in over 30 years, EQUUS returns to the West End Stage and promises to be the hottest ticket of 2007.
Richard Griffiths, who this year won a Tony Award for his performance in The History Boys, stars alongside Daniel Radcliffe, best known for playing Harry Potter.
A psychiatrist, Martin Dysart, investigates the savage blinding of six horses with a metal spike in a stable in Hampshire, England. The atrocity was committed by an unassuming seventeen-year-old stable boy named Alan Strang, the only son of an opinionated but inwardly-timid father and a genteel, religious mother. As Dysart exposes the truths behind the boy's demons, he finds himself face-to-face with his own.
Peter Shaffer was inspired to write EQUUS when he heard of a crime involving a teenage boy's apparently senseless injury to horses. He set out to construct a fictional account of what might have caused the incident, without knowing any of the details of the crime. The play is essentially a post-modern detective story, with the psychiatrist trying to understand the cause of the boy's actions while wrestling with his own sense of purpose.