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Equus casting announced for UK tour

Ned Bennett's production is due to open in February

Zubin Varla and Ethan Kai
© Left: Dan Wooller for WhatsOnStage

Casting has been announced for the upcoming production of Peter Shaffer's play Equus.

The show will star Robert Fitch (Frank Strang/Horse), Keith Gilmore (Harry Dalton/Nurse/Horse), Ethan Kai (Alan Strang), Syreeta Kumar (Dora Strang/Horse), Norah Lopez Holden (Jill Mason/Horse), Ruth Lass (Hester Salomon/Horse), Ira Mandela Siobhan (Young Horseman/Nugget) and Zubin Varla (Martin Dysart) completes the cast.

Equus follows what happens when a teenager's obsession leads him to blind six horses and psychiatrist Dr Martin Dysart is tasked with uncovering the motive behind the boy's violent act.

The English Touring Theatre and Stratford East show opens at Theatre Royal Stratford East 21 February, with previews from 15 February and runs until 23 March before touring to Cambridge Arts Theatre, Theatre Royal Bath, Bristol Old Vic, The Lowry, Northern Stage and Yvonne Arnaud Theatre.

Ned Bennett will direct the piece, which has design from Georgia Lowe, lighting from Jessica Hung Han Yun, composition and sound from Giles Thomas and movement from Shelley Maxwell.

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