The English Touring Theatre and Theatre Royal Stratford East production of Peter Shaffer's Equus officially opened July 15 for a limited engagement at London’s Trafalgar Studios. Previews began July 6 for a run through September 7.
The cast features Robert Fitch as Frank Strang/Horse, Keith Gilmore as Harry Dalton/Nurse/Horse, Ethan Kai as Alan Strang, Norah Lopez Holden as Jill Mason/Horse, Ira Mandela Siobhan as Young Horseman/Nugget, and Zubin Varla as Martin Dysart. Ned Bennett directs.
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Inspired by a true story, Equus sets out to explore the relationships between devotion, myth, and sexuality. When teenager Alan Strang’s pathological fascination leads him to blind six horses in a Hampshire stable, psychiatrist Dr. Martin Dysart is tasked with uncovering the motive behind the boy’s violent act.
The creative team also includes designer Georgia Lowe, lighting designer Jessica Hung Han Yun, composer and sound designer Giles Thomas, choreographer and movement director Shelley Maxwell, associate director Denzel Westley-Sanderson, and casting director Anne McNulty.
This production of Equus was produced by English Touring Theatre and Theatre Royal Stratford East and is produced in the West End by Trafalgar Theatre Productions.