And They're Off: Equus Revival Begins Broadway Previews Sept. 5

News   And They're Off: Equus Revival Begins Broadway Previews Sept. 5
The eagerly awaited revival of Equus — co-starring Daniel Radcliffe and Tony and Olivier Award winner Richard Griffiths — begins previews on Broadway Sept. 5 at the Broadhurst Theatre with an official opening scheduled for Sept. 25.

Daniel Radcliffe and Richard Griffiths
Daniel Radcliffe and Richard Griffiths Photo by Carol Rosegg

The production is currently scheduled to run through Feb. 8, 2009.

Radcliffe and Griffiths, who played to sold-out crowds in the London revival of the Peter Shaffer play, reprise their work for Broadway audiences. Radcliffe stars as Alan Strang with Griffiths as Dr. Martin Dysart. Ever-busy stage and screen actress Kate Mulgrew plays Hesther Saloman, the role created on Broadway by veteran actress Marian Seldes in 1974.

In Equus, "psychiatrist Martin Dysart investigates the blinding of six horses, a savage act committed by an unassuming 17-year-old stable boy, Alan Strang, whose family life is rife with bigotry and religious fervor. As Dysart exposes the truths behind the boy's demons, he finds himself face-to-face with his own." Playwright Shaffer based the play on a true story told to him by a friend.

The cast also includes Anna Camp (The Country Girl), Carolyn McCormick (The Dinner Party, "Law & Order"), Lorenzo Pisoni (Henry IV), T. Ryder Smith (Dead Man's Cell Phone, She Stoops to Comedy), Graeme Malcolm (Translations, Aida) and Sandra Shipley (Pygmalion, Retreat from Moscow) with Collin Baja, Tyrone Jackson, Spencer Liff, Adesola Osakalumi and Marc Spaulding.

Thea Sharrock, who directed the London run, directs on Broadway as well. The creative team also features set and costume designer John Napier, lighting designer David Hersey and sound designer Gregory Clarke.

Daniel Radcliffe
photo by Carol Rosegg

"Harry Potter" star Radcliffe made his West End leading-role debut in Shaffer's 1973 drama at London's Gielgud Theatre on Feb. 27, 2007, following previews that began Feb. 16. Radcliffe drew positive reviews from the London critics and lots of attention from gossip columnists because of the much-written-about nude scene. Equus reunited Radcliffe and Griffiths, who appeared together in the "Harry Potter" movies. London 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.

Equus bowed on Broadway in October 1974 at the Plymouth Theatre. The production — directed by John Dexter — won the 1975 Tony for Best Play and ran 1,209 performances. The current production marks the show's first Broadway revival. Playwright Shaffer is also the author of Amadeus, Lettice and Lovage, The Royal Hunt of the Sun and White Liars & Black Comedy.

Equus is produced on Broadway by The Shubert Organization, Elizabeth Ireland McCann, Roger Berlind, John Gore, Hirschfeld Productions, Bill Kenwright, Emily Fisher Landau, Arielle Tepper Madover, Chase Mishkin and Spring Sirkin. Tickets for Equus, priced $61.50-$116.50, are available by calling (212) 239-6200 or by visiting Fifty-two onstage seats will be available for each performance.

The Broadhurst Theatre is located in Manhattan at 235 West 44th Street.

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