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Daniel Radcliffe

April 9, 2008

By David Lefkowitz

Equus to ride into the Broadhurst in September, with Daniel Radcliffe on board

It's official - Broadway audiences will get to see Harry Potter naked this fall.


The hit London staging of Equus, currently on a twelve week tour of the United Kingdom, will gallop into the Broadhurst Theater a few weeks after the close of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof there. Previews begin Sept. 5 for an opening Sept. 25 and a limited run through Feb. 8, 2009.


Daniel Radcliffe, star of the enormously successful Potter film series, plays Alan Strang, a disturbed young man who's been caught blinding horses. He's then brought to troubled shrink Martin Dysart, played by fellow Potter vet, Richard Griffiths. Griffiths, an actor in England since the mid 1970s, played loathsome Uncle Vernon to Radcliffe's Harry and won a Tony for playing a crotch-cuddling professor in The History Boys.


Thea Sharrock directs this first Broadway revival of Peter Shaffer's drama, which won a 1975 Best Play Tony Award and was filmed two years later with Richard Burton playing Dysart.


Although Equus was produced in London by David Pugh and Dafydd Rogers, the Broadway mounting will be produced by the Shubert Organization, which owns the Broadhurst.


A bit of trivia: Equus is only the second show in the modern history of Broadway to have a title with two consecutive u's in it. For the first, theaterphiles must reach back to 1910's The Vacuum.