Equus to close 9 June 2007

Equus to close 9 June 2007

Peter Shaffer's Equus, is to close at the end of its limited run at the Gielgud Theatre on 9 June 2007.

However, a 12-week national tour will open at the Theatre Royal Bath on 28 August, with casting to be announced. The Broadway production will open in Spring 2008, followed by an Australian production.

Equus, starring Harry Potter’s Daniel Radcliffe (Alan Strang) & Richard Griffiths (Martin Dysart), opened at the Gielgud Theatre 27 Feb 2007, following previews from 16 Feb, to good notices from the popular press: NICHOLAS DE JONGH for THE EVENING STANDARD says, "Dated, though still gripping psychological drama." CHARLES SPENCER for THE DAILY TELEGRAPH says, Powerful revival." MICHAEL BILLINGTON for THE GUARDIAN says, "It is compelling." BENEDICT NIGHTINGALE for THE TIMES says, " Radcliffe proves an assured actor...though gripping and theatrically skilful, Equus is at root dated, pretentious and even a bit pernicious...good theatrical effect...an enjoyable play. "

Ther cast also includes, Jenny Agutter (Hesther Saloman), Will Kemp (Nugget), Joanna Christie, Jonathan Cullen, Colin Haigh, Karen Meagher, Gabrielle Reidy, Greig Cooke, Joel Corpuz, Temujin Gill, Jami Quarrell.

Equus is directed by Thea Sharrock, designed by John Napier, lighting by David Hersey, sound by Gregory Clarke, produced by David Pugh & Dafydd Rogers

Alan Strang seems a normal, obedient 17-year old with a passion for horses. Then one night he blinds six horses with a hoof pick. What drove him to it? His life seems routine, his family loving, his pursuits harmless and yet he has been placed under psychiatric surveillance - an unresponsive patient who is woken each night by terrible nightmares. Only psychiatrist Martin Dysart seems able to grasp the answer to this psychological puzzle.

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