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When Peter Shaffer heard the story of a 17-year-old blinding six horses in a small town near Suffolk, he was inspired to construct a fictional narrative surrounding what may have caused the youth to commit the act, without knowing any details of the crime. What resulted was Equus, a tale of a psychologist who tries to uncover the motive behind the violence. Written in 1973, it has since had numerous productions and revivals (including a production featuring a much-talked-about Daniel Radcliffe not yet out of the role of Harry Potter).  

Now the celebrated production is headed to Northern Stage between Tuesday 30th April and Saturday 4th May. Directed by award-winning theatre director Ned Bennett, this version promises to be a bold telling of the classic. It’ll invite the audience to dive into the psychological thriller, uncovering the mystery with Dr. Martin Dysart. As he becomes further embroiled into his patient’s twisted realm of spirituality, sexuality and his obsession with steeds, he begins to question his own personal sanity as well. What unfolds is part detective story and part reflection on our own consumerism-driven world, which seems all the more pertinent in an age where instant gratification is easier than ever thanks to technology. Shaffer’s narrative may now be more than 45 years old, but it will continue to enthral audiences.


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