“Harry Potter” Star Radcliffe to Join Richard Griffiths in London Equus
By John Nathan
"Harry Potter" actor Daniel Radcliffe is to take on his first leading role in the West End next year in a revival of Peter Shaffer’s Equus. No venue for the Thea Sharrock-directed production has been confirmed, but previews are reportedly due to start Feb. 16, 2007. opening Feb. 27.
In the revival of Shaffer’s 1973 play, Radcliffe will play 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.
Equus producers David Pugh and Dafydd Rogers gave Radcliffe his first role in the West End as the celebrity guest in The Play What I Wrote. Shaffer’s play will make new demands of the 17-year-old actor. As Strang, Radcliffe will perform a sexual act while riding naked on a horse.
Like Shaffer’s The Royal Hunt For the Sun, currently revived by the Royal National Theatre, Equus premiered at the National’s Old Vic venue before transferring to Broadway where the play won a 1975 Tony Award and ran for over 1,000 performances.
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