Equus Tickets

Inspired by a true story, Peter Shaffer’s theatrical thriller Equus transfers to Trafalgar Studio One after its critically-acclaimed production at Theatre Royal Stratford Eastt.

Written in 1973, the play follows the story of psychiatrist Dr. Martin Dysart who treats a young man named Alan Strang who has developed an extreme, obsessive fascination with horses.

The play is inspired by a true story, when a 17-year-old boy was convicted of blinding six horses in a town in Suffolk. Shaffer wanted to imagine what might have caused someone to do such a thing, and so the play is set out as Dr Dysart’s investigation into Strang.

Following the premiere of Ned Bennett’s intense production at Theatre Royal Stratford East, Equus comes to Trafalgar Studio One from 6th July.

The cast of Bennett’s production will return for the Trafalgar Studio run, and that includes Robert Fitch, Keith Gilmore, Ethan Kai, Syreeta Kumar, Norah Lopez Holden, Ruth Lass, Ira Mandela Siobhan, and Zubin Varla.

In his review of the Stratford East production, Mark Shenton hailed the production frequently dazzling, and acutely truthful’.

Equus received its stage premiere at the National Theatre in 1973, directed by John Dexter. It went on to play Broadway at the Plymouth Theatre in 1974, and it then ran for over 1,000 performances at the Helen Hayes Theatre. Over the course of the run, the production starred Anthony Hopkins, Richard Burton, Leonard Nimoy and Anthony Perkins.

The play was revived in London in 2007 when Daniel Radcliffe starred in Thea Sharrock’s production at the Gielgud Theatre. Radcliffe’s casting as Alan Strang garnered much media attention as the 17-year-old actor, who was at the height of his Harry Potter fame, was required to appear naked on stage.

Equus will feature scenes with nudity, strong language and adult themes and is unsuitable for audience members under 16 years of age. There will be strobe lighting during the production for 7 seconds. 

Equus tickets at Trafalgar Studio One are available now.

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Equus running time: 
2 hours 35 minutes
2 videos
Peter Shaffer
Ned Bennett
Songs by:
Giles Thomas
Jessica Hung Han Yun
Giles Thomas
Georgia Lower
Shelley Maxwell
Cast list:
Robert Fitch, Keith Gilmore, Ethan Kai, Norah Lopez Holden, Ira Mandela Siobhan and Zubin Varla

Trafalgar Studio One

14 Whitehall, London, SW1A 2DY
Nearest tube:
Charing Cross
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Equus Customer reviews

Our Equus Review

There's always a paradox at the heart of Peter Shaffer's plays of (lack of) faith, divinity and redemption: they are unquestionably verbose in their use of language and mightily overblown in the dramatic stakes, but my God (and I use that exclamation intentionally) they can make for good theatre.   Read more

Latest Equus News & Features

Zubin Varla interview: 'Equus has been the most collaborative thing I've ever done'
Friday, 02 August, 2019

Equus, Peter Shaffer's modern masterpiece about the suppression and expression of passion, tells a uniquely disturbing story of a teenager called Alan Strang who blinds the horses he has been caring for. The play, originally premiered under the auspices of the National Theatre in 1973, follows the treatment he receives from a psychiatrist called Martin Dysart that creates a kind of existential crisis for the doctor even as he manages to free his patient from his demons.

Equus to transfer to Trafalgar Studio One in 2019
Tuesday, 21 May, 2019

After a limited engagement at Theatre Royal Stratford East, Equus will transfer to Trafalgar Studio One later this year, it has been announced. Inspired by Peter Shaffer’s psychological thriller, Equus tells the story of Martin Dysart, a psychiatrist who treats the teenage Alan Strang, a young man with a fascination for horses. As passions and spiritualities collide, individuals begin to doubt their motives and their relationships to one another.

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