★★★★★ 'You will not see a better production of this masterpiece.' The Observer

★★★★★ 'Haunting, engrossing theatre... rich and riveting.. a must-see... takes the breath away.' WhatsOnStage

★★★★★ 'Still has the power to shock and provoke shivers.' The Telegraph

★★★★★ 'Mesmerising intensity and intimacy' Evening Standard 

★★★★★ 'Breathtaking, startling and gripping... compelling... thought-provoking' Plays To See 

★★★★★ 'Tremendous. Something that should be seen by everyone.' Broadway World UK

★★★★ 'A dazzling revival... terrific' The Sunday Times

★★★★ 'Stark, striking and really quite brilliant.' The Stage

★★★★ 'Exhilarating...enabled me to see the play through fresh eyesThe Guardian

★★★★ 'Ethan Kai is a revelation and Zubin Varla is quietly sensational' The Times

★★★★ 'Compelling...a thrilling theatrical experience' Londonist 

★★★★ 'Dazzling, acutely truthful.' LondonTheatre.co.uk

★★★★ 'Thrilling... ferociously passionate... a play for our time.' The Arts Desk

'An era-defining play... exhilirating' The New York Times 

'Feverishly intense... incredible... unsettling.' Time Out

An English Touring Theatre and Theatre Royal Stratford East co-production. 

Inspired by a true story, Peter Shaffer’s gripping psychological thriller, EQUUS, explores the complex relationships between devotion, myth and sexuality.

When teenager Alan Strang’s pathological fascination leads him to blind six horses in a Hampshire stable, psychiatrist Dr. Martin Dysart is tasked with uncovering the motive behind the boy’s violent act. As Dysart delves into Alan’s world of twisted spirituality, passion and sexuality, he begins to question his own sanity and motivations in a world driven by consumerism.

Award winning director Ned Bennett brings Peter Shaffer’s psychological thriller Equus to the stage in a bold new production of the critically-acclaimed classic.

Please note that this production contains strobe lighting, haze, loud noises and the smoking of herbal cigarettes.

EQUUS director Ned Bennett will be running workshops exploring the techniques used to create the show. Take a look here.


Booking enquiries: Our online booking system doesn’t allow customers to leave isolated seats. We do this in order to to prevent gaps in the auditorium. Please call our Box Office team on 020 8534 0310 if you need any help.

Currently seats are on sale from Row B in the stalls backwards, and it is possible that Row A will go on sale at a later date, so please be aware that purchasing seats in Row B does not guarantee that you will be in the front row.

For some shows the boxes might have a slightly restricted view, please do not hesitate to speak to our Box Office team before booking if you would like further information.

Fancy a pre-show meal? You can get 25% off all food at Meza East between 4-6pm if you have a ticket for that evening's performance.

Our ticket prices increase as the theatre fills. We always recommend booking early to secure the best seats at the best price.

Production photography: The Other Richard
Rehearsal photography: Helen Murray

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More Information

Previews: Fri 15 - Wed 20 Feb
Price: From £10
Runtime: 2 hours 40 minutes (including interval) 
Age Guidance: 14+ (see trigger warnings)

Concessions: Available for under 26s
Click here for details about companion/carer tickets.

This production contains strobe lighting and loud noises.

Access performances:
BSL Performance - Thu 14 Mar, 7.30pm
Captioned Performance – Fri 15 Mar, 7.30pm
Audio Described Performance – Sat 16 Mar, 2.30pm

Post-show talks: (free to ticketholders)
Wed 06 Mar
Thu 14 Mar (evening performance)

Cast and Creative


Writer Peter Shaffer
Director Ned Bennett
Designer Georgia Lowe
Lighting Designer Jessica Hung Han Yun
Composer and Sound Designer Giles Thomas
Movement Director Shelley Maxwell
Assistant Director Denzel Westley-Sanderson
Casting Director Anne McNulty
Voice Coach Rebecca Cuthbertson 


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
Zubin Varla Martin Dysart


Robert Fitch will play Frank Strang/Horse.

Robert Finch headshot

His theatre credits include Jerusalem, Journey’s End (The Watermill Theatre), Much Ado About Nothing (Mercury Theatre Colchester), A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream (Stafford Festival Shakespeare), Anne Boleyn (Shakespeare’s Globe / ETT tour), Edward II (Rose Theatre), Terms of Endearment (York Theatre Royal), The Wings of The Dove (Minerva Theatre), Dangerous Corner (Theatre Royal Windsor) and Wait Until Dark (Garrick Theatre). 

Keith Gilmore will play Harry Dalton/Nurse/Horse.

Keith Gilmore headshot

His theatre credits include Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare’s Globe). Film credits include Ghost Recon: Future Soldier.

Ethan Kai will play Alan Strang. 

Ethan Kai Headshot

His theatre credits include Goats (Royal Court Theatre) and Returning to Haifa (Finborough Theatre). His television credits include Emmerdale as series regular Kasim Sabet; and for film, Instrument of War.

Syreeta Kumar will play Dora Strang/Horse. 


Her theatre credits include The Breakfast Plays (Traverse Theatre), Made in India, The Husbands (Soho Theatre), Twelfth Night, Midnight’s Children, Hamlet, Camino Real, Much Ado About Nothing (Royal Shakespeare Company) and Little Red Riding Hood (Theatre Royal Stratford East). Television credits include Coronation Street as series regular D.C. Leslie

Norah Lopez Holden will play Jill Mason/Horse. 

Nore Lopez Holden Headshot

Theatre credits include The Winter’s Tale (Shakespeare’s Globe), The Almighty Sometimes, Our Town (The Royal Exchange), Othello (The Tobacco Factory), Ghosts (HOME). 

Ruth Lass will play Hester Salomon/Horse. 

Ruth Lass Headshot

Theatre credits include The Tempest (Barbican, BITE Festival), Hamlet (LIFT Festival), Wagner Dream (Barbican), Martin Yesterday (Royal Exchange Theatre), Live Like Pigs (Royal Court Theatre) and The House of Bernarda Alba (Young Vic).

Ira Mandela Siobhan will play Young Horseman/Nugget.

Ira Mandela Siobhan

Theatre credits include Feast (The Young Vic), Lifeguard (The National Theatre of Scotland) and FELA! (The National Theatre). 

Zubin Varla will play Martin Dysart. 

Zubin Varla Headshot

Zubin trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Theatre includes:  Fun Home, Measure for Measure and The Changeling (Young Vic), Dara, The Enchantment, Attempts on Her Life, The Life of Galileo and Cyrano de Bergerac, (National Theatre), War Horse(NT/New London Theatre), Poison (Orange Tree Theatre), The Unknown Island (The Gate), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare’s Globe), Troilus and Cressida (RSC/Wooster Group), Julius Caesar (Lyric Hammersmith), Two Gentlemen of Verona, Midnight’s Children, The Tempest, Roberto Zucco, Bartholomew Fair, Faust, The Painter of Dishonour and Romeo & Juliet (RSC), The El Train (Hoxton Hall), Don Juan Comes Back from the War (Finborough), Into Thy Hands (Wilton’s), Twelfth Night (Donmar in the West End/The Wyndham's Theatre), Paradise Regained (Royal Court), Teeth ‘n’ Smiles (Sheffield Crucible), Jesus Christ Superstar,  Beautiful Thing (West End), Chess (Denmark Tour), Dr Foster (Menier Chocolate Factory), Hello and Goodbye (Southwark Playhouse), Antigone (The Old Vic), In the Heart of America (Bush Theatre), A Connecticut Yankee in the Court of King Arthur, Romeo & Juliet,  Lady Be Good  (Regents Park Open Air Theatre), Amadeus (Tour), In the Solitude of Cotton Fields (ATC).

Film and Television includes:  Mad, Sad and Bad, Jacob, Deep State 1 and 2 (Fox), Will (TNT), Our Girl, Strike Back IV (HBO/Sky), Holby City, Garrow’s Law, Hustle, Little Dorrit, Saddam’s Tribe, Silent Witness, Spooks, Twelfth Night, Dalziel & Pascoe, The Bill, Crocodile Shoes, Luv.

Radio includes: Havana Quartet, The Changeling, The Threepenny Opera and Season of Migration to the North (BBC Radio 3), The Prospect I, Gandhi’s Goat, The Wizard of Oz, A Dish of Pomegranates (BBC Radio 4).  

Zubin has recorded with Nitin Sawhney on his album Human. Other albums Zubin is featured on include Jesus Christ Superstar and Chess.

Sir Peter Shaffer’s (1926 – 2016) plays include The Salt Land, The Prodigal Father, Balance of Terror, Five Finger Exercise (Evening Standard Drama Award), The Private Ear, The Public EyeThe Royal Hunt of the SunBlack ComedyWhite Lies, The Battle of Shrivings, Yonadab, The Gift of the Gorgon, Lettice and Lovage and Amadeus (Evening Standard Drama Award and Tony Award for Best Play)His plays adapted for film include Five Finger ExerciseThe Royal Hunt of the Sun, Equus and Amadeus (Academy Award for Best Picture), for television The Salt Land and Balance of Terror, and for radio The Prodigal Father and Whom Do I Have the Honour of Addressing?. In 1994, Shaffer was Visiting Professor of Contemporary Drama at St. Catherine's College, Oxford. He was awarded the CBE in 1987 and was knighted in 2001.

Ned Bennett directs Equus. He is an award-winning theatre director, who trained at the Royal Court, the National Theatre and LAMDA. His work includes the Evening Standard Award-winning An Octoroon, which opened at the Orange Tree Theatre in Spring 2017 and will transfer to the Dorfman in Summer 2018, and Buggy Baby which opened at the Yard Theatre in March of this year. He directed the Bruntwood Prize-winning Yen at the Manchester Royal Exchange which transferred to the Royal Court in 2016, and Pomona which was commissioned by the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama and transferred to the Orange Tree, and then to the National Theatre. Pomona and Yen won Bennett the UKT Best Director award 2015. Pomona won four Off-West End awards: Best Director, Best Production, Best New Play and Best Lighting Design. 


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