Equus, the archetypal psychological drama
Equus predates modern forensic psychology in the form of a play that follows a psychiatrist's attempts to decode the psyche of a young man who has mutilated a group of horses in an apparent act of religious significance to him. It has become one of the most acclaimed theatre dramas of the 20th century. Discover why it's so highly rated by critics and audiences alike when you buy or sell Equus tickets on StubHub.
An immediate hit in the UK and on Broadway
Equus was written by Peter Shaffer, who went on to create several other seminal dramatic productions for the theatre, including his story of Mozart and Salieri that was made into blockbuster movie Amadeus. Equus was an instant success, intricately realised by a cast led by Peter Firth and Alec McCowen. When the play moved to Broadway, Tom Hulce played the disturbed young man, starting an association with Shaffer that would see him go on to star in the aforementioned Mozart biopic. This first Broadway residency lasted for a generous run of over 1,200 performances and garnered the award for Best Play at the Tony Awards. A wonderful detail of this run is that veteran award-winning actress Marian Seides played in each and every one of them, in one role or another. There have been many other Broadway versions since, and the play has gained the kind of gravitas that has attracted stage maestros like Anthony Hopkins and Richard Burton to the lead role. It's a true modern classic of British theatre, which you can easily watch at many a theatre throughout the year. Equus tickets are a regular item every theatre season.
Modern versions of Equus have pushed the edge
More recent Equus productions have variously chosen to heighten or downplay the psychological mania of the play, with one particularly daring version starring a naked Daniel Radcliffe as the disturbed protagonist. It caused quite the scandal, although was absolutely no deterrent to the further sale of Equus tickets. Much of the so-called shock was due to it being one of the first adult stage roles that Radcliffe played after endearing himself to an entire generation of teens (and many of their parents) as Harry Potter. Nonetheless, he was rewarded with a nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Play at the Drama Desk Awards. Equus is a gripping examination of the disintegration of a young man's mind into a world resembling Dante's inferno, with "Equus" as its god. It was one of the most confrontational stage productions of its time and has remained uniquely rewarding theatre experience. If you're looking for some serious theatre, StubHub will bring you tickets when they become available.
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