Equus Peter Shaffer 1993 - YouTube

Over the weekend we were lucky enough to catch the touring version at Sheffield’s Lyceum Theatre. The play opened at the National Theatre in 1973 and was subsequently performed all over the world. There was a by Sidney Lumet with Richard Burton and Peter Firth, for which the two leads and Shaffer were nominated for Oscars.

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Equus: Equus, drama in two acts by Peter Shaffer, produced and published in 1973

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Whilst propelling a mystery, crime story, and a psychological thriller, Peter Shaffer’s Equus examines the minds of a young stable boy who has blinded several horses and the aging psychiatrist asked to “cure” him.

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