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Equus archiveIn a Hampshire stable, a youth blinds six horses with a metal spike. Convicted of this appalling crime, seventeen-year-old Alan Strang is sent to a secure psychiatric hospital. Martin Dysart, the child psychiatrist assigned to him, begins to probe Alan's past in an attempt to understand his motives. Initially the boy is silent and uncooperative, but as Dysart digs deeper, he begins to win Alan s trust and the truth gradually emerges. Finally, as Alan struggles to be free of his demons, he must relive the events of that terrible night. Inspired by a true story, Peter Shaffer's unique psychological thriller explores the complex relationships between worship, myth and sexuality. Equus contains strong language, adult themes and nudity. The play won both the Tony Award and New York Critics Circle Award for Best New Play in 1977.

Author Peter Shaffer.

Archive listings for Equus

Work type: Play.


Producer English Touring Theatre. Producer Theatre Royal Stratford East. Director Ned Bennett. Director Anne McNulty (CDG - casting director). Design Georgia Lowe. Lighting Jessica Hung Han Yun. Music Giles Thomas. Sound Giles Thomas. Director Shelley Maxwell (movement). Performer Robert Finch (Frank Strang/Horse). Performer Keith Gilmore (Harry Dalton/Nurse/Horse). Performer Ethan Kai (Alan Strang). Performer Syreeta Kumar (Dora Strang/Horse). Performer Norah Lopez Holden (Jill Mason/Horse). Performer Ruth Lass (Hester Salomon/Horse). Performer Ira Mandela Siobhan (Young Horseman/Nugget). Performer Zubin Varla (Martin Dysart).
6 Jul 19 to 7 Sep 19Trafalgar Theatre (formerly Trafalgar Studios), West End :: V420
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Producer English Touring Theatre. Producer Theatre Royal Stratford East. Director Ned Bennett. Director Anne McNulty (CDG - casting director). Design Georgia Lowe. Lighting Jessica Hung Han Yun. Music Giles Thomas. Sound Giles Thomas. Director Shelley Maxwell (movement). Performer Robert Finch (Frank Strang/Horse). Performer Keith Gilmore (Harry Dalton/Nurse/Horse). Performer Ethan Kai (Alan Strang). Performer Syreeta Kumar (Dora Strang/Horse). Performer Norah Lopez Holden (Jill Mason/Horse). Performer Ruth Lass (Hester Salomon/Horse). Performer Ira Mandela Siobhan (Young Horseman/Nugget). Performer Zubin Varla (Martin Dysart).
7 May 19 to 11 May 19Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford :: V702
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30 Apr 19 to 4 May 19Northern Stage, Newcastle upon Tyne :: V568
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23 Apr 19 to 27 Apr 19The Lowry, Salford :: V0655996499
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16 Apr 19 to 20 Apr 19Bristol Old Vic, Bristol :: V857
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2 Apr 19 to 6 Apr 19Theatre Royal, Bath :: V854
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26 Mar 19 to 30 Mar 19Arts Theatre, Cambridge :: V19
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15 Feb 19 to 23 Mar 19Theatre Royal Stratford East, Outer London :: V337
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Company Mermaids.
13 Oct 15 to 14 Oct 15Byre Theatre, St Andrews :: V640
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Producer Questors.
11 Apr 15 to 18 Apr 15Questor's Theatre, Outer London :: V326
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Please note, this show contains scenes of a sexual nature.Producer Nottingham Playhouse. Director Sarah Stephenson. Design Eleanor Field. Lighting Steph Bartle.
11 Aug 14 to 16 Aug 14Playhouse, Nottingham :: V457
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Age guidance: 15+ due to strong language and nudity.Presented byEverymann Theatre.
20 May 14 to 24 May 14Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff :: V827
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Presented byStreet Theatre. Director Peter Wintle. Producer Karen Trevis.
21 Nov 13 to 23 Nov 13Strode Theatre, Street :: V917
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Presented byUniversity of Cumbria.
23 Jan 13 to 26 Jan 13The Dukes, Lancaster :: V523
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Company London Classic Theatre. Director Michael Cabot. Design Kenny Bradley. Lighting Paul Green. Costume Katja Drzesinska. Performer Malcolm James (Dysart). Performer Matthew Pattimore (Strang). Performer Carole Dance (Hesther Salamon). Performer Steve Dineen (Frank Strang). Performer Anna Kirke (Dora Strang). Performer Aidan Downing (Nugget/Young Horseman). Performer Jamie Matthewman (Harry Dalton). Performer Helen Phillips (Jill Mason).
9 Jul 12 to 14 Jul 12Theatre Royal, Windsor :: V742
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26 Jun 12 to 30 Jun 12Greenwich Theatre, Outer London :: V308
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12 Jun 12 to 23 Jun 12New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme :: V119
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7 Jun 12The Coliseum, Aberdare :: V821
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21 May 12 to 26 May 12Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham :: V90
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16 May 12 to 17 May 12Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton :: V160
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8 May 12 to 12 May 12Derby Theatre, Derby :: V1830193620
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24 Apr 12 to 28 Apr 12Belgrade Theatre, Coventry :: V153
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13 Apr 12 to 14 Apr 12Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh :: V633
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12 Apr 12Playhouse, Alnwick :: V1176
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16 Mar 12 to 17 Mar 12Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds :: V76
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17 Nov 11 to 19 Nov 11Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, Lincoln :: V0251629711
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10 Nov 11 to 12 Nov 11Civic Theatre, Chelmsford :: V32
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8 Nov 11 to 9 Nov 11Buxton Opera House, Buxton :: V424
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4 Nov 11 to 5 Nov 11The Landmark, Ilfracombe :: V1177
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1 Nov 11 to 3 Nov 11Lighthouse (previously known as Poole Arts Centre), Poole :: V910
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20 Oct 11 to 22 Oct 11Theatre Royal, Winchester :: V782
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10 Oct 11 to 12 Oct 11Key Theatre, Peterborough :: V27
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4 Oct 11 to 8 Oct 11Coliseum Theatre, Oldham :: V497
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29 Sep 11 to 1 Oct 11Connaught Theatre, Worthing :: V725
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22 Sep 11 to 24 Sep 11Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield :: V972
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15 Sep 11 to 16 Sep 11The Maltings, Berwick-on-Tweed :: V986
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8 Sep 11 to 10 Sep 11Gala Theatre, Durham :: V0146218420
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Company Dundee Rep Ensemble. Director Jamima Levick. Design Alex Lowde. Sound Philip Pinsky. Music Philip Pinsky. Lighting Colin Grenfell. Lighting Kate Hall. Performer Duncan Anderson. Performer Robert Paterson. Performer Ann Louise Ross. Performer John Buick. Performer Irene Macdougall. Performer Angela Hardie. Performer Emily Winter. Performer Kevin Lennon. Performer Jim Sturgeon. Performer Lindsay McDonald. Performer John Macauley. Performer Alan Burgon.
27 Feb 10 to 20 Mar 10Dundee Repertory Theatre, Dundee :: V596
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Running time 2 hrsProducer York Theatre Royal Young Actor's Company. Director Julian Ollive.
7 Oct 09 to 9 Oct 09Theatre Royal, York :: V954
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Producer David Pugh. Producer Dafydd Rogers. Director Thea Sharrock. Performer Alfie Allen (Alan Strang). Performer Simon Callow (Dysart). Performer Linda Thorson (Hester Saloman ). Performer Laura O'Toole (Jill).
19 May 08 to 24 May 08Richmond Theatre, Outer London :: V327
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12 May 08 to 17 May 08Malvern Theatres, Malvern :: V01718852442
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5 May 08 to 10 May 08Theatre Royal, Bath :: V854
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14 Apr 08 to 19 Apr 08Sheffield Theatres, Sheffield :: V962
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7 Apr 08 to 12 Apr 08New Theatre, Cardiff :: V823
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31 Mar 08 to 5 Apr 08His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen :: V585
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24 Mar 08 to 29 Mar 08Theatre Royal, Newcastle upon Tyne :: V570
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17 Mar 08 to 22 Mar 08Milton Keynes Theatre, Milton Keynes :: V754
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10 Mar 08 to 15 Mar 08Arts Theatre, Cambridge :: V19
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3 Mar 08 to 8 Mar 08Grand Opera House, Belfast :: V548
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25 Feb 08 to 1 Mar 08Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne :: V665
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18 Feb 08 to 23 Feb 08King's Theatre, Edinburgh :: V601
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12 Feb 08 to 16 Feb 08Theatre Royal, Glasgow :: V623
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31 Jan 08 to 9 Feb 08Chichester Festival Theatre, Chichester :: V719
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Producer David Pugh. Producer Dafydd Rogers. Director Thea Sharrock. Design John Napier. Lighting David Hersey. Sound Gregory Clarke. Performer Daniel Radcliffe (Alan Strang). Performer Richard Griffiths (Martin Dysart). Performer Jenny Agutter (Hesther Saloman). Performer Joanna Christie (Jill). Performer Will Kemp (Nugget). Performer Jonathan Cullen. Performer Colin Haigh (u/s Martin Dysart)/Harry Dalton). Performer Karen Meagher. Performer Gabrielle Reidy. Performer Greig Cooke. Performer Joel Corpuz. Performer Temujin Gill. Performer Jami Quarrell (u/s Harry Dalton).
16 Feb 07 to 9 Jun 07Gielgud Theatre, West End :: V395
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Company Kensington Drama Company.
26 Jul 05 to 30 Jul 05Barons Court Theatre, Inner London :: V169
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Company Act One.
22 Feb 05 to 26 Feb 05Sherman Theatre, Cardiff :: V824
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Director Gene David Kirk. Design Jenny Corder. Lighting Owen Jones. Sound Luke Mills. Choreographer Melody Gunter. Other Yolanda Romero-Garcia (multi media design and editing). Design Sarah Mayhem (mask). Design Eleanor Cain (horses heads). Performer Paul Fowler (Martin Dysart). Performer Sean Carrigan (Alan Strang). Performer Stevy Bachtalia (The Nurse). Performer Jenny Corder (Hesther Saloman). Performer Frances Iles (Dora Strang). Performer Robert Iles (Frank Strang). Performer Brian Holt (Harry Dalton). Performer Ami Sayers (Jill Mason). Performer Ben Gaytten (Nuggett). Performer Helen Stoddart. Performer Josh Ward. Performer Mark Matthews. Performer Tim Read. Performer Matt Cranfield. Performer Jemma Aldous. Performer Jemma Gilmour. Performer Laura Gale.
3 Dec 03 to 6 Dec 03Lakeside Theatre, Colchester :: V36
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Company Jack Knife Productions.
18 Nov 03 to 22 Nov 03OFS Studio (previously known as Old Fire Station Theatre), Oxford :: V800
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Company West Glamorgan Youth Theatre.
18 Jul 03 to 19 Jul 03Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea :: V833
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Company Stage 2.
23 Apr 03 to 26 Apr 03mac birmingham - Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham :: V146
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Company UKC Dramatics.
21 Nov 02 to 23 Nov 02Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury :: V673
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Company Wilde Theatre Company.
11 Jul 02 to 13 Jul 02South Hill Park Arts Centre, Wilde Theatre, Bracknell :: V731
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Company Studio Theatre Company.
13 Dec 01 to 15 Dec 01Theatre Royal, Norwich :: V72
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Company Cloister Productions. Director David Clarke.
28 Nov 01 to 1 Dec 01Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford :: V702
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Director Rod Natkiel. Design Celia Perkins. Performer Mar Anwar. Performer Conor Davis Amard. Performer Peter England. Performer Brian Hallett. Performer Judy Holt. Performer Anne Kavanagh. Performer Claire Lever. Performer Sherry Ormerod. Performer Chris Wilkinson.
11 May 01 to 2 Jun 01Coliseum Theatre, Oldham :: V497
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Please note that this play contains nudity and adult language.Company MiG Productions.
12 Oct 99 to 16 Oct 99Stafford Gatehouse Theatre, Stafford :: V120
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Company Bird's Nest Theatre Company. Director Oscar Watson.
3 Jun 99 to 30 Jun 99Bird's Nest Theatre, Outer London :: V297
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Company Chelmsford Theatre Workshop.
23 Sep 98 to 26 Sep 98Old Court Theatre, Chelmsford :: V1365
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Company Frenshaw Heights.
26 Apr 98Redgrave Theatre, Bristol :: V858
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Company Theatr Clwyd.
3 Mar 98 to 21 Mar 98New Theatre, Cardiff :: V823
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Director Terry Hands. Design Mark Bailey.
25 Sep 97 to 11 Oct 97Theatr Clwyd, Mold :: V810
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12 Oct 19Civic Theatre, Doncaster :: V964
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10 Mar 18 to 17 Mar 18Garrick Theatre, Stockport :: V504
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16 Jun 15 to 27 Jun 15Highbury Little Theatre, Sutton Coldfield :: V158
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3 Mar 14 to 4 Mar 14Melton Theatre, Melton Mowbray :: V437
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5 Nov 13 to 9 Nov 13Putney Arts Theatre, Outer London :: V363
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24 Sep 01 to 29 Sep 01Third Floor Arts Centre, Portsmouth :: V772
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19 May 99 to 22 May 99Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry :: V156
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19 May 99 to 22 May 99Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry :: V156
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27 Jan 98 to 31 Jan 98ADC Theatre, Cambridge :: V18
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31 Oct 97 to 29 Nov 97Theatr Clwyd, Mold :: V810
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11 Oct 96 to 26 Oct 96Royal & Derngate, Northampton :: V449
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