Written by Peter Shaffer

Thursday 20th April to Saturday 22nd April and Wednesday 26th to Saturday 29th April 2017

Directed by Alan Ward

AuthorPeter Shaffer

Peter Shaffer


In a Hampshire stable, disturbed youth Alan Strang, commits an unspeakable act of violence. He is sent to psychiatrist Dr Martin Dysart, who begins to explore the boy's past in an attempt to understand his motives. It proves to be the most challenging case of his career as he struggles to interpret the motivation for Alan's brutality. As the truth gradually emerges the psychiatrist finds that, paradoxically, his own life is in the witness box. Inspired by a true story, Peter Shaffer's passionate and gripping psychological thriller is a timeless classic and a cornerstone of contemporary drama.

Equus is one of the greatest English post-war plays. As a work of art, it is magnificent. Rarely does a contemporary drama probe so deep - an electrifying evening of theatre

The Sunday Times

Please note this play contains adult themes and is unsuitable for persons under 15 years of age.

The Bench Production

Equus Poster Image

This play will be staged at The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre (formerly Havant Arts Centre), East Street Havant - Bench Theatre's home since 1977.


Martin DysartDavid Penrose
NurseClaire Lyne
Hesther SalomonLorraine Stone
Alan StrangJeff Bone
Frank StrangAllan Jolly
Dora StrangMegan Green
Young HorsemanCraig Parker
Harry DaltonPete Woodward
Jill MasonLeigh Cunningham
NuggetCraig Parker
Horse 2Sally Hartley
Horse 3Ceri Tipler


Director Alan Ward
Producers Alan Ward and Marion Ward
Stage Manager Marion Ward
Assistant Stage Manager Tasmin Halford
Lighting Design Phil Hanley
Sound Design Phil Hanley
Lighting Operation Phil Hanley
Sound Operation Phil Hanley
Set Design Alan Ward and Pete Woodward
Horses Heads Design and Creation Jules Simmons and Sue Dawes
Programme Editor Derek Callam
Handbill Design Dan Finch and Pete Woodward
FOH Manager