Shaffer’s shocking Equus comes to The Grove
EQUUS has been shocking audiences since Peter Shaffer premiered the story back in 1973. The harrowing tale, which examines why a boy blinded six horses with a metal spike, is one of the most controversial thrillers ever written for the stage and is, appallingly, based on a true story.
London Classic Theatre brings its production to The Grove this week and, with a warning of strong language, adult themes and nudity, this isn’t for the faint-hearted.
Inspired by a true story, Peter Shaffer’s unique psychological thriller explores the complex relationships between worship, myth and sexuality.
Following in the footsteps of the immense success enjoyed by the play’s West End revival in 2007 (starring Harry Potter - sorry, Daniel Radcliffe - himself), Shaffer’s powerful, absorbing drama is now touring the UK with a vibrant new cast.
Equus was originally staged in 1973 at the Royal National Theatre, London. In 1977, a film adaptation of the play was released starring Richard Burton and Peter Firth. In 2007, the play was revived in the West End for the first time since its première, in a critically-acclaimed production starring Radcliffe and Richard Griffiths.
Convicted of an appalling crime, 17-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 gradually gains Alan’s trust and the truth begins to emerge. As Alan struggles to be free of his demons, he must first relive the events of that terrible night.
Equus runs from Thursday to Saturday and includes a Saturday matinee. For tickets and more information contact the box office 01582 602080 or go online www.grovetheatre.co.uk
*At the other end of the spectrum, tots and tinies can enjoy the antics of CBeebies’ presenters Chris and Pui who are bringing their 2012 Show Me Show Me roadshow to The Grove for two shows (at 11am and 2pm) this Sunday. Tickets from the box office - and don’t forget to bring a favourite toy to join in the fun and games.
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