In rehearsals with Ned Bennett's new production of Equus
After a run at Theatre Royal Stratford East and tour, Peter Shaffer's play comes to the West End
We paid a visit to the rehearsal room for the English Touring Theatre and Theatre Royal Stratford East co-production of Peter Shaffer's Equus, which transfers to the West End this month.
Directed by Ned Bennett (An Octoroon), Peter Shaffer's 1973 piece follows a teenage boy and his psychiatrist as the boy deals with his violent behaviour and an equine obsession.
The cast includes Robert Fitch (Frank Strang/Horse), Keith Gilmore (Harry Dalton/Nurse/Horse), Ethan Kai (Alan Strang), Norah Lopez Holden (Jill Mason/Horse), Ira Mandela Siobhan (Young Horseman/Nugget) and Zubin Varla (Martin Dysart).
Equus has design from Georgia Lowe, lighting from Jessica Hung Han Yun, composition and sound from Giles Thomas and movement from Shelley Maxwell.
In his five-star review for WhatsOnStage, Alun Hood said the show is "troubling, rich and riveting...a must-see."