MYTH AND SEXUALITY

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WHAT IS IT? London Classic Theatre’s Equus.

WHERE AND WHEN IS IT?

Belgrade Theatre, Coventry from Tuesday April 24 to Saturday April 28.

WHAT DO THEY SAY ABOUT IT?

Inspired by a true story, Peter Shaffer’s unique psychological thriller explores the complex relationships between worship, myth and sexuality. The story follows 17-year-old Alan Strang, who is sent to a secure psychiatric hospital after blinding six horses with a metal spike.

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 gradually gains Alan’s trust and the truth begins to emerge. As Alan struggles to be free of his demons, he must first relive the events of that terrible night.

Originally staged at the National Theatre, London, in 1973, Equus went onto the screen in 1977 starring Richard Burton, Jenny Agutter and Peter Firth. In 2007, the play was revived in the West End in a critically acclaimed production, starring Harry Potter’s Daniel Radcliffe and Richard Griffiths.

The play is now touring the UK with a new cast of actors, including Matthew Pattimore and Malcolm James, who are both originally from the West Midlands. London Classic Theatre returns to the Belgrade after its last visit in 2009 with its critically acclaimed production of The Beauty Queen of Leenane.

HOW TO SEE IT

Tickets for Equus are available now from the box office on 024 7655 3055.