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Equus – Trafalgar Studios, London

Writer: Peter Shaffer Director: Ned Bennett Reviewer: Maryam Philpott We hear a lot about the psychology of a play and the relative success of a particular staging based on how well the director and cast have constructed the emotional, physical and intellectual world in which the characters exist. Peter Shaffer’s 1973 play Equus is even more unusual dealing with the practice ...

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Equus – Yvonne Arnaud, Guildford

Writer: Peter Shaffer Director: Ned Bennett Reviewer: Alice Fowler Peter Shaffer’s masterpiece begins with a disturbing question: why has 17-year-old Alan Strang blinded six horses with a metal spike? Controversial when first performed in 1973, Equus retains its power to shock. English Touring Theatre and Theatre Royal Stratford East’s highly charged production explores the patient-psychiatrist relationship and asks: exactly what ...

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Equus – The Lowry, Salford

 Writer: Peter Shaffer Director: Ned Bennett Reviewer: Sam Lowe The late Peter Shaffer’s psychological thriller, Equus, is still a notable play. It resonates with a modern audience, even though it was written in 1973. An English Touring Theatre and Theatre Royal Stratford East production, Equus is reinterpreted by award-winning theatre director, Ned Bennett. This is exceedingly visual, physical theatre combined with ...

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National Youth Theatre: Victoria’s Knicker – Soho Theatre, London

Writer: Josh Azouz Director: Ned Bennett Reviewer: Maryam Philpott The twentieth century marked the end of the dynastic marriage market for the Royal Family paving the way for weddings to, largely aristocratic, commoners – photographers, the daughters of businessmen and even an American actress. Henry VIII may have created a new church to marry Anne Boleyn, but other monarchs only ...

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Pomona – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Writer: Alistair McDowall Director: Ned Bennett Reviewer: Iain Sykes Alistair McDowall’s Pomona is coming home. Home to the city that bears the desolate island of the title, all cracked concrete, surrounded by canals and tram lines, cut off from the rest of the city by a gated single road in and out. Not that local knowledge adds anything to this ...

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Yen – The Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Writer: Anna Jordan Director: Ned Bennett Reviewer: Hannah Hiett You might find a story like this on the front page of the Metro, any day of any week – a child does something so horrific, so evil, so adult that it defies belief. You might wonder, for a moment, “How was this possible – how did this child get so ...

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Superior Donuts – Southwark Playhouse, London

Writer: Tracy Letts Director: Ned Bennett Reviewer: Andy Moseley When you’ve just written an award-winning play that’s been placed alongside Long Day’s Journey Into Night and All My Sons, as a Great American Play, it might go to your head and lead you to believe everything you write will be a classic. It might also make it hard for people ...

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