London Classic Theatre’s production of Peter Shaffer’s Equus – the play that made headlines when Daniel Radcliffe took on the lead role on London’s West End – is coming to the Watergate Theatre on February 28 and 29 at 8pm.
Originally staged in 1973, Equus explores the complex relationships between worship, myth and sexuality. It was revived for the West End in 2007 with Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe’s lead attracting media attention for his first stage role and a headline-grabbing flash of nudity.
Based on a true story, it centres on the grim crime of 17-year-old Alan Strang, who blinds six horses with a metal spike and is sent to a secure psychiatric hospital. Martin Dysart, the child psychiatrist assigned to him, begins to probe Alan’s past in an attempt to understand his motives.
Initially the boy is silent and uncooperative, but as Dysart digs deeper, he begins to win Alan’s trust and the truth gradually emerges. Finally, as Alan struggles to be free of his demons, he must relive the events of that terrible night.
Tickets cost €18/€15 (or €12.50 for groups of 10 or more) and can be booked on 056 7761674 or www.watergatetheatre.com. ‘Equus’ contains strong language, adult themes and nudity.