The feather-ruffling director makes Peter Schaffer's classic 1973 play feel intimate and freshly powerful. Inspired by the true story about a seventeen-year-old blinding six horses, Shaffer created a fictional backdrop to the crime. Told from a psychiatrist's perspective, Equus delves into the psyche of a young man who is obsessed with equestrians. Encompassing myth, spirituality and sexual desire, the resulting drama is engrossing. With violence and full frontal nudity, it's not for the faint-hearted.
Since its triumphant National Theatre premiere, Equus has played around the world, won numerous awards and been adapted into a film starring Richard Burton. It was last on stage in 2007 with Daniel Radcliffe in the title role.
This production sees former Emmerdale star Ethan Kai play the role of Alan. Rather than following the precedent of previous productions, Bennett invites us to reconsider the classic. Shedding the horse masks in the stage directions, the production instead channels physical theatre and brings homoerotic undercurrents to the surface.
|What||Equus, Trafalgar Studios|
|Where||Trafalgar Studios, 14 Whitehall, London, SW1A 2DY | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Charing Cross (underground)|
06 Jul 19 – 07 Sep 19, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
|Website||Click here for more information and tickets|