Main House A Season of UK Premieres from The Americas


by Peter Shaffer
  • 2 - 6 April

Event Information

Tuesday – Saturday 7.30pm
Matinees Wednesday & Saturday 2.30pm

Showing from Tue 2 — Sat 6 Apr

An undoubted 20th century masterpiece, Peter Shaffer’s Equus exploded onto the scene in 1973 and went on to become a huge worldwide hit. Inspired by a true story, this dazzling thriller plumbs the darkest recesses of the human psyche as it explores the complex relationships between passion, sex, religion and sanity.

When teenager Alan Strang’s pathological fascination with horses leads him to commit a devastating act of violence, psychiatrist Dr. Martin Dysart reluctantly accepts the task of uncovering what actually happened the night the crime was committed. But as Dysart delves further and further into Alan’s twisted world, he is forced to question his own sanity and motivations.

This bold new staging, directed by the award-winning Ned Bennett, is a co-production between UK Theatre Award winners English Touring Theatre, one of the UK’s most successful and exciting production companies celebrating their 25th anniversary season, and the legendary Theatre Royal Stratford East. Peter Shaffer’s multi award-winning work also includes Amadeus, Black Comedy, Lettice and Lovage and The Royal Hunt of the Sun.

“English Touring Theatre is surely the national theatre of touring” Ian McKellen

“A very fine and enthralling play” New York Times
“A classic piece of work that crackles in both language and ideas” New York Theatre Guide

Tuesday – Saturday 7.30pm
Matinees Wednesday & Saturday 2.30pm

Tues – Fri eves and Sat mat: £22.00 £27.50 £29.50 £32.50 £34.50
Sat eve: £24.50 £28.50 £30.50 £33.50 £36.50
Wed mat: £20.50 £26.00 £28.00 £32.00 £34.00

A booking fee of £1.50 per ticket applies

English Touring Theatre and Theatre Royal Stratford East

by Peter Shaffer
Directed by Ned Bennett
Designed by Georgia Lowe

Box Office is open from 10am – 8pm Monday – Saturday.

Doors open 30 minutes prior to the performance, unless otherwise stated.

All tickets for Main House productions include a £2 building levy.

Standard discounts – apply Monday -Thursday evenings and Saturday matinee. £1 off for U16s, students, Seniors (60+), JSA claimants. Only one discount may be claimed per ticket. Please see the ACCESS page for details regarding our Access Register and associated discounts.

Group discounts – 10+ £1 off per ticket; 20+ save 20% on each ticket.

There is a lift for wheelchair users from the Theatre foyer to the Stalls and Royal Circle levels. The Dress Circle and Grand Circle are stair access only.

Full booking terms & conditions can be found here