London Equus Eyes Broadway for 2008

News   London Equus Eyes Broadway for 2008 The buzz surrounding a possible New York transfer of Peter Shaffer's Equus — starring "Harry Potter" star Daniel Radcliffe — will increase after producer David Pugh confirmed to Playbill.com that he hopes the show will reach Broadway next year.
Daniel Radcliffe and Joanna Christie star in the West End revival of Equus.
Daniel Radcliffe and Joanna Christie star in the West End revival of Equus. Photo by Uli Weber

Radcliffe's filming commitments are likely to make any move unlikely before the fall of 2008. "We are all very excited about bringing Equus to Broadway next year," said Pugh.

The revival of Peter Shaffer's disturbing classic opened at London's Gielgud Theatre Feb. 27 following previews that began Feb. 16.

The cast also includes the Tony-winning star of The History Boys, Richard Griffiths; Jenny Agutter, who is best known for her appearance in the 1970 film version of The Railway Children; and Will Kemp, star of Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake.

Agutter also appeared in the 1977 movie version of Equus, winning a Best Supporting Actress BAFTA for her performance as Jill Mason. In the current stage production, Agutter plays Hesther Saloman.

In the revival of Shaffer's 1973 play, Radcliffe plays the disturbed adolescent Alan Strang, an English stable boy who has blinded six horses with a spike. Griffiths takes on the role of psychiatrist Martin Dysart who attempts to discover the source of Strang's psychosis. Shaffer based the play on a true story told to him by a friend. The production is directed by Thea Sharrock (A Voyage Round My Father), who recently finished her term as artistic director of West London's Gate theatre.

Equus reunites Radcliffe and Griffiths, who appeared together in the "Harry Potter" movies. The cast also features Joanna Christie, Jonathan Cullen, Colin Haigh, Karen Meagher and Gabrielle Reidy, Greig Cooke, Joel Corpuz, Temujin Gill and Jami Quarrell.

Equus producers David Pugh and Dafydd Rogers gave Radcliffe his first role in the West End as a celebrity guest in The Play What I Wrote. Shaffer's play makes new demands of the teenage actor, who in the latter stages of the play is seen nude.

Like Shaffer's The Royal Hunt For the Sun, recently revived by the Royal National Theatre, Equus premiered at the National's Old Vic venue. It then transferred to Broadway where the play won a 1975 Tony Award and ran for over a thousand performances.

Equus is designed by the play's original designer, John Napier.

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Daniel Radcliffe stars in the new West End production of <i>Equus</i>.
Daniel Radcliffe stars in the new West End production of Equus. Photo by Uli Weber