Alan Strang seems a normal, obedient 17-year old with a passion for horses. Then one night he blinds six horses with a hoof pick. What drove him to it? His life seems routine, his family loving, his pursuits harmless and yet he has been placed under psychiatric surveillance – an unresponsive patient who is woken each night by terrible nightmares. Only psychiatrist Martin Dysart seems able to grasp the answer to this psychological puzzle.
Director: Thea Sharrock
Written by: Peter Shaffer
Daniel Radcliffe – Alan Strang
Richard Griffiths – Martin Dysart
Jonathan Cullen/T. Ryder Smith – Frank Strang
Gabrielle Reidy/Carolyn McCormick – Dora Strang
Jenny Agutter/Kate Mulgrew – Hester Saloman
Joanna Christie/Anna Camp – Jill Mason
Will Kemp/Lorenzo Pisoni – Young Horseman/Nugget
Colin Haigh/Graeme Malcolm – Harry Dalton
Where two actors are listed, the first is for the West End run and the second for the Broadway run.
Equus was performed at the Guilgud Theatre in London’s West End from February 27th 2007 until June 9th 2007. It transferred to Broadway in New York the following year where it was staged at the Broadhurst Theatre from September 25th 2008 until February 4th 2009. Dan never missed a performance in either run.
“Daniel Radcliffe electrified the stage with a new power. His scenes with the horses are brilliant and unnerving and there can be little doubt that Radcliffe, has a considerable stage presence” – The Daily Express
“Daniel Radcliffe brilliantly succeeds in throwing off the mantle of Harry Potter, announcing himself as a thrilling stage actor of unexpected range and depth. Despite minimal theatrical experience Radcliffe displays a dramatic power and an electrifying stage presence” – The Daily Telegraph
“His acting, beautifully understated and withdrawn, has just the right manner for this horribly mixed-up adolescent.” – New York Times
“Radcliffe… is tremendous – taut, composed, glinting with a kind of malicious glee and absolutely spot-on in charting a progress from childhood to the lost innocence of growing up.” – What’s On Stage
“Forget all the prurient press speculation about Harry Potter’s private parts. The revelation of this revival is that Daniel Radcliffe really can act.” – The Guardian