Daniel Radcliffe is no stranger to baring it all, but the next time he does it, it will be on Broadway. The actor, known for playing Harry Potter on the big screen, is starring in “Equus” for New York audiences next fall.
Producer David Pugh and director Thea Sharrock told London’s Daily Mail that after months of negotiation, a Broadway production will start rehearsing in August, with performances to begin in September. There’s no word yet on which theater will house the show or how long the stint will last, a rep for the New York production told MTV News.
Radcliffe gave his final London performance in June, and ever since, there’s been an online frenzy of fans wondering when the play would open Stateside. In August, Radcliffe told MTV News that the then-proposed production would include himself and Richard Griffiths, who plays Uncle Vernon in the “Harry Potter” movies and also co-starred with Radcliffe in the play’s West End run in London, “and however many other castmembers the unions will allow.”
“I’m excited,” Radcliffe said. “Terrified, but excited.”
Radcliffe received a Best Actor nomination from London’s Evening Standard Drama Awards for his performance of the disturbed Alan Strang, a seemingly normal 17-year-old who is fascinated by horses but inexplicably blinds six of them with a hoof pick. The play, which starts with Griffith’s psychiatrist character treating Strang, tries to understand why.
“The stage experience was phenomenal,” Radcliffe said. “I think it came out at exactly the right time for me. At that stage, it was what I needed to do. And it was great fun. It was fantastic. I met some brilliant people and got to work with Richard Griffiths in a totally different capacity. Because as Uncle Vernon, it’s great and we all have a laugh, but he’s only normally around for a week, a week and a half. So to spend 16 weeks with him, and to do that character, that was fantastic. And sometimes it’s hard to detach yourself from a certain character, after having done the show for 16 weeks. You do get very attached to him, and in a way, you do miss going out and doing it night after night.”
But even with the familiarity of having performed the role — which included simulating sex acts — for a live audience in London, he still gets nervous, but not about the nudity. “Once you’ve been doing the play for two hours, you’re so into the character, you’re not even thinking about it.”