Ned Bennett’s minimalist and thoughtful production of Equus is by turns thrilling and dull, sensationally staging the sexual and violent aspects of the story while confining the psychiatrist’s self-doubting soliloquy within drapes of blank white sheeting.
Equus remains a fascinating, if dated, piece of writing from Peter Schaffer, exploring the psycho-sexual complexities of the adolescent Alan Strang, a boy who has just, horrifically, blinded six horses.
Equus is an intriguing play, part psychological thriller, part mirror to the human condition and this is an almost thoroughbred production.
Award-winning director Ned Bennett’s bold revival of Peter Shaffer’s iconic psychological thriller Equus is transferring to the West End this summer. Following its successful run, the English Touring Theatre and Theatre Royal Stratford East production will open at London’s Trafalgar Studios on 6 July 2019 for a strictly limited season until 7 September.
Arousing and disturbing in equal measures, English Touring Theatre’s production of Equus stirs the senses as much as engages the brain.
This is a brilliant revival of the 1970s classic Equus, about pagan worship and repressed sexuality, which buzzes with an imaginative physicality.
This is a marvellous production of Equus at Theatre Royal Stratford East, a play that could easily come across dated. Ned Bennett once again excels at peeling back the layers of deeply troubled characters.
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