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Broadway Theater: Anthony Perkins in Equus 1 week 11 hours ago #3125473

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Equus, opened up on October 24, 1974 at the Plymouth Theater, and closed on October 2, 1977, at the
Helen Hayes Theater (where I saw it). It ran for 1,209 performances.

The two lead characters were: Dr. Martin Dysart, played by Anthony Perkins, best known for his portrayal of Norman Bates in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho, and Alan Strang, played by Peter Firth. I don't know if Peter Firth was still playing the role when I saw it. But Anthony Perkins was still the starring lead. He's the reason that I went to see it.

Perkins plays a psychiatrist in the fictitious Rokeby Psychiatric Hospital, in Southern England. He has a young patient named Alan who has a fascination with horses. He also, blinded six horses.

The play was a psychological thriller. Unfortunately, the previous play I saw was a bouncy and entertaining musical, which in no way prepared me to sit through 2 hours of Equus. Matter-of fact, Equus, was probably the first drama that I saw on Broadway. But I did get into the play, after a half hour or so.


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Broadway Theater: Anthony Perkins in Equus 6 days 15 hours ago #3125994

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I remember catching the film version with Richard Burton playing the Dysart role, as a teenager. A deeply disturbing play/film.

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