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Equus - coming soon to Buxton Opera House
Equus - coming soon to Buxton Opera House

A GRIPPING tale of a youth who blinds six horses with a metal spike comes to Buxton Opera House next week.

The London Classic Theatre will be presenting Equus at the Water Street venue on Tuesday November 8 and Wednesday November 9 at 7.30pm, with a Wednesday matinee at 1.30pm.

Inspired by a true story, Peter Shaffer’s unique psychological thriller explores the complex relationships between worship, myth and sexuality.

Convicted of the appalling crime, 17-year-old Alan Strang 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.

Equus was originally staged in 1973 at the Royal National Theatre, London. In 1977, a film adaptation of the play was released starring Richard Burton and Peter Firth. In 2007, the play was revived in the West End for the first time since its première, in a critically acclaimed production starring Daniel Radcliffe and Richard Griffiths.

Tickets for Equus are priced at £12, £14 and £16. Call the Buxton Opera House box office on 0845 127 2190 or buy online at www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk.