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Trafalgar Theatre Productions, Mallory Factor for Hill Street Productions, Emmanuel Ciolfi, Francis Hellyer and GWB Entertainment present The English Touring Theatre and Theatre Royal Stratford East production of EQUUS.
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‘You will not see a better production of this masterpiece’ Observer
Tickets for the West End transfer of Equus tickets available now.
Earlier this year Equus had a stunning 5-star run at the Theatre Royal Stratford East that kicked off a national tour with English Touring Theatre. Now, award-winning director Ned Bennett is bringing his incredible revival of Peter Shaffer's Equus to London's Trafalgar Studios. This incredible production is not to be missed and is coming to London for a limited 9-week run, tickets for Equus are sure to be some of the season's hottest tickets. Act fast to guarantee you get the very best seats at the very best prices.
What is Equus about?
Six horses have been mutilated with a metal spike, the question isn’t who committed the heinous act, but why. Dr Martin Dysart must try to discover what drove 17-year-old stable boy Alan Strang to commit the grisly crime. The psychiatrist becomes a detective as he searches for Alan’s motives. As Dysart delves further into Alan’s world of warped worship, sexuality and religious fervour, he begins to question himself- his own sanity and motivations.
Peter Shaffer’s dark psychological play looks into what it means to be normal, and what compels us to do the things we do. The shocking production has garnered numerous 5-star reviews from leading national publications and the West End transfer of Equus is expected to thrill critics and audiences alike.
Trafalgar Studios Equus cast and creatives
The Stratford East cast of Equus will return for the Trafalgar Studios run and this should have audiences overjoyed. The cast were lauded all round for their performances, in particular, stars Ethan Kai (Goats at the Royal Court Theatre) as teenager Alan Strang and Zubin Varla (Jesus Christ Superstar at the Lyceum Theatre) as Martin Dysart. They are joined by Ira Mandela Siobhan (Feast at The Young Vic) as Young Horseman/Nugget, Keith Gilmore (Romeo and Juliet at Shakespeare's Globe) as Harry Dalton/Nurse/Horse, Norah Lopez Holden (The Winter's Tale at Shakespeare's Globe) as Jill Mason/Horse, Robert Fitch (Frank Strang/Horse Wait Until Dark at the Garrick Theatre), Ruth Lass (The Tempest at the Barbican) as Hester Salomon/Horse, Syreeta Kumar (Made in India, The Husbands at the Soho Theatre) as Dora Strang/Horse.
Sir Peter Shaffer is an award-winning playwright with over a dozen highly successful plays to his credit. Aside from Equus, which has long been his most successful play, his most famous play is Amadeus, which won both Tony and Evening Standard Drama Awards for Best Play. The critical success of Amadeus spawned a film adaptation, which went on to win the 1985 Academy Award for Best Picture.
Ned Bennett has been much praised for his revival of Equus. He trained as a director at the Royal Court, LAMDA and National Theatre. Many of the plays he has directed have won awards, including the Bruntwood Prize-winning Yen at the Manchester Royal Exchange, the recent Evening Standard Award-winning play An Octoroon, and the multiple award-winning play Pomona.
What audiences have been saying about Ned Bennett's Equus
"I thought this production was absolutely excellent, revelatory really. Very simple, startling, theatrical, but nothing went to waste; it was very spare and excellent performances all around. I recommend it very strongly to people who have seen the play before, and people who don't know it." – Sir Ian McKellen
"That was one of the most beautiful and moving pieces. The examples of Ned Bennett's work that stand out in this are just amazing. Just mind-blowing." – Martina Laird
“The actors portraying the horses are absolutely phenomenal. It’s extremely believable, every detail of the movement and of the energy of the presence is thought of and beautifully done."
“It was really phenomenal and really capturing of the intensity of the play.” – Mayor of Newham, Rokhsana Fiaz Obe
The Stratford East production of Equus has now recently been shortlisted for the ADB Award at the 2019 Knight of Illusion Awards ceremony this year.
Tickets for Equus at Trafalgar Studios on sale now!
Tickets for Equus’ West End run are expected to be in high demand so be sure to act quickly to secure your seats. Book Equus tickets for the limited Trafalgar Studios run sharpish to make certain you have the most affordable tickets whilst stocks last.
Age restrictionRecommended for ages 14+
Running time2 hours 35 minutes (including interval)
Performance dates6 July - 7 September 2019
ContentThis production contains themes of violence and discussions of mental health. It also contains scenes of sexual violence, full frontal nudity, strong language and adult themes. The production contains strobe lighting (7 seconds), haze, loud noises and the smoking of herbal cigarettes. Not suitable for persons under 14 years of age.
Peter Smith11th September
Incomparable show, Ethan Kai and Zubin Varia just stunning. Great theatre staff, loved the theatre. Best night out of my life.
Adrian Bond10th September
The play itself is brilliant and this was an imaginative and dynamic production. The intimacy of the venue was extremely effective.
Chris Lake8th September
A phenomenal performance of a deeply moving play!
Mrs ELENA USCILOWSKA8th September
Absolutely stunning performance! Loved it!
Jeanie Jovanova7th September
A stimulating version. Staff at the theatre very helpful.
Dr Anthony Smith7th September
This was a superb, highly dramatic staging, with fantastic acting, especially the two leads.
A brilliant cast and a fascinating play that is well directed . Go !
Mary-Kate Bostick6th September
Fantastic show. Exceeded my expectations
Nicholas Keith5th September
Equus is a fascinating play and Peter Shaffer's handling of the topic of mental health has stood the test of time. Indeed the play was ahead of its time when it was first staged at the National Theatre in the 1970s. Today we are much more aware of some, but not all, of the issues. The topic is not for the squeamish as it concerns the case of Alan Strang, aged 17, who has blinded with a spike six horses in the stable where he works. However, Equus is about relationships as much as mental health the relationship between Alan, the psychopathic teenager, and Dysart, his troubled psychiatrist; between Dysart and Hester Saloman, the magistrate who begs him to treat Alan; between Alan and his parents; between his atheist controlling father Frank and his religiously obsessive mother Dora; and between Alan and Jill, the stable girl who seeks to seduce him, which provokes his violent act. Questions about mental health also concern Dysart, who is openly at odds with his profession and protests when the well-meaning Hesther asks him to make Alan 'normal'? ‘What is normal?’ he keeps asking. Indeed he comes to admire Alan's spontaneity and passion (for horses) which are sadly lacking in his own life and marriage. The piece has an undertow of religion, family secrets, suppression, and sexuality – is Alan's equine passion a metaphor for same sex relationships? So many thought-provoking questions stay with you long after the performance. This is a bravura production involving all the players, notably Zubin Varla as the troubled Dysart and Ethan Kai as Alan. It also includes the horses represented by members of the cast, especially Ira Mandela Siobhan as Nugget, the physically powerful horse which Alan reimagines as Equus. The tension is sustained throughout without ever descending into melodrama. Everyone in the production team deserves credit, from the simple set and dramatic lighting, to choreography and sound/music direction. Most of all, the director Ned Bennett proves a formidable force to be reckoned with and a name to follow in the world of theatre. While it may be disappointing that this production has not appeared on a big stage, the intimate atmosphere of Trafalgar Studios is a clear benefit. These magnificent performances and this smart production are worthy of a wider audience. Shaffer’s play, at least, bears close study. Nick Keith
Harsh Pershad4th September
Profound, moving, surprising, intense, quality, informative
I missed the theatrical touches which the horses in the original production had with their raised hooves and metal work heads - at 8 ft or so they were impressive and convincing in a way the actors here, relying solely on imitation, could not approach. Nonetheless, the production was convincing and dramatic.
Mary P4th September
Incredible performance with some notable brilliance