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‘Equus’ production worthy of high praise


On our way home from watching the splendid production of “Equus” at the Lake Dillon Theatre on June 2, I jokingly said to my wife Helga, “I don’t think Richard Burton ever played the lead …” but I was wrong. As Gary Ketzenbarger correctly points out, “Equus” is a genuinely great play, and I can remember the impact it had on the London theatre scene when it was first performed in 1973. Written by Peter Shaffer (who also authored “Amadeus”) it starred Alec McCowen as the psychiatrist, and remained a talking point for years. On Broadway Anthony Hopkins took over that role, and a bit later Tom Hulce (who played Mozart in the film version of “Amadeus”) played the role of the patient, so admirably performed by Joshua Blanchard here in Dillon. Hopkins was replaced by Anthony Perkins, and in turn Perkins was replaced for a while by … Richard Burton! We think Gary and Joshua can hold their heads up high in such august company, Both their performances – as well as the rest of the cast – rank among the best we’ve ever seen. If you are a theatre lover, this is a production not to be missed.

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