by Peter Shaffer


2 – 23 October 2010




**** “Fantastically dark and moody … full of fine, empathic performances” Time Out Sydney

“Cast and crew are a live ad for Tonkin’s sophistication and intuition, which is next to flawless .. A fine, unassuming production.” Curtain Call

“One of the highlights of this season at New Theatre”  Same Same

“This is a powerful, fascinating and compelling spectacle – thumbs up!” Oz Baby Boomers

“Attractive and very capably acted production”  Sydney Morning Herald

“Powerful and haunting” The Independent



Teenager Alan Strang is accused of a seemingly inexplicable act of violence: blinding six horses with a metal spike. The man with the key to the boy’s mind and future is child psychiatrist Martin Dysart. As he begins to wrestle with a disturbed adolescent psyche scarred by repressed passions, guilt and fantasies, Dysart must confront his own self-doubt and fears.

Equus, with its themes of religious and sexual obsession, ritual sacrifice and family dysfunction, caused outrage on debut in 1973; three decades later it is rightly viewed as one of the great plays of the 20th century. Shaffer’s psychological thriller is a masterful piece of storytelling, potent and confronting, an intimate drama of epic proportions that uncovers our darkest secrets and deepest desires.

Winner – Tony Award – Best Play
Winner – New York Drama Critics Circle Award – Best Play

This production features violence, nudity and adult themes.


Director Helen Tonkin
Set Designer Adam Chantler
Lighting Designer Blake Garner
Horse Designer Matina Moutzouris
Sound Designers Brendan Maclean & Rhys D Webb
Movement Director Natalia Ladyko
Costume Coordinator Emily Kearney
Production Manager Martin Kelly
Stage Manager Melinda Davis

Michael Briggs, Luke Carson, Wade Doolan, Barry French, Jeannie Gee, Madeleine Jones, Jessica Joseph-McDermott, Dave Kirkham, Jan Langford-Penny, Ned Law, Alice Livingstone, Alex Nicholas, Luke Rogers, Mackenzie Steele

Wed – Sat @ 8pm, Sun @ 5pm

Full $28
Concession $22
Group $22 (10+)
School Groups $17 (10+)
Preview Friday 1 October $10

“Pay What You Can” Sunday 3 October @ 5pm (minimum $10 – in person from 1 hour prior to performance. Subject to availability)
Student Rush $17

2 hours and 30 minutes including interval

by arrangement with Dominie Drama



Photos © Bob Seary

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