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‘Equus’ is the critically acclaimed play that is headed to Broadway and stars the wildly popular Daniel Radcliffe and Richard Griffiths. Both actors joined the revival of ‘Equus’ in 2007. Opening to great controversy, Radcliffe stunned fans and critics as he played this role with fervor and a maturity beyond his years. Many wondered what roll Radcliffe would take to pull him out of what could be a career stifling role. The portrayal of Alan Strang required the then 17 year-old Radcliffe to appear fully nude. While Radcliffe did not tour with ‘Equus’ on its route through the UK, he will reprise his role on Broadway. ‘Equus’ opens on September 25, 2008, for limited engagements through February of 2009. This play shows full male and female nudity and is recommended for a mature audience.
The Author—Peter Shaffer is the author of this head-scratching play. Written in 1973, ‘Equus’ is the story of a psychiatrist who is attempting to help a disturbed young man with a pathological religious/sexual fascination with horses. It sounds like a truly strange mixture, but the story has some base in reality as Shaffer wrote the play in response to a true story of a young man who blinded six horses near London. Shaffer’s interest was in the escalating mental factors which would cause this young man to commit such a crime. What resulted was the play ‘Equus’
The Plot—This drama takes place in Dr. Martin Dysart’s office in a psychiatric hospital. The action of the play evolves around Dr. Dysart’s attempts to analysis the cause of his patient’s, Alan Strang, actions. This play is full of issues involving religious and ritual themes, as well as, Strang’s sexual attraction to horses, and his normal sexual awaking with a female.
History—The original production was staged in London at the Royal National Theatre in 1973 and starred Alec McCowen as Dysart and Peter Firth as Alan. There have been many great actors involved with this play including Anthony Hopkins, Leonard Nimoy, and Richard Burton. In 1975 ‘Equus’ was nominated for several Tony Awards including Best Play and Best Actor for Firth.