Equus: Resources and further reading

The theatrical context

  • Acheson, James, ed., British and Irish Drama Since 1960 (London: Macmillan, 1993)
  • Chambers, Colin, The Continuum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre (London: Continuum, 2002)
  • Chambers, Colin, and Mike Prior, Playwrights’ Progress: Patterns of Postwar British Drama (Oxford: Amber Lane Press, 1987)
  • Kirby, E.T., Total Theatre: A Critical Anthology (New York: E.P. Dutton, 1969)
  • Rabey, David Ian, English Drama Since 1940 (London: Longman, 2003)
  • Shellard, Dominic, British Theatre Since the War (New Haven, Yale University Press: 1999)

Peter Shaffer and his work

  • Gianakaris, C. J., Peter Shaffer (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1992)
  • Gianakaris, C. J., Peter Shaffer: A Casebook (New York & London: Garland Publishing, 1991)
  • Klein, Dennis A., Peter Shaffer, Twayne English Authors (Boston, Massachusetts: G.K. Hall, 1979)
  • Plunka, Gene A., Peter Shaffer: Roles, Rites and Rituals in the Theatre (London & Toronto: Associated University Presses, 1988)
  • Taylor, John Russell, Peter Shaffer, Writers and their Work (London: Longman, 1974)

Films of Shaffer’s work

  • Amadeus (1984) 
  • Equus (1977) 
  • The Royal Hunt of the Sun (1969) 


  • Barnes, Clive. ‘Equus a New Success on Broadway’ in the New York Times, October 25, 1974, p. 26
  • Billington, Michael. Review of Equus in the Manchester Guardian, July 27, 1973, p. 12
  • Christie, Ian. Review of Equus in the Daily Express (London), July 27, 1973, p. 10
  • Spencer, Charles. Review of Equus in The Telegraph, 28 February 2007,

Other contemporary plays

  • Bennett, Alan, The Old Country (1977)
  • Gray, Alasdair, The Loss of the Golden Silence (1973)
  • Poiret, Jean, La Cage aux Folles (1973)
  • Rattigan, Terence, In Praise of Love (1973)
  • Shaffer, Anthony, Sleuth (1970)

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