Dan Radcliffe and Richard Griffiths End Broadway Run of “Equus”

Feb 08, 2009

Posted by: SueTLC


Today at 3pm actors Dan Radcliffe (Harry Potter) and Richard Griffiths (Uncle Vernon) will give their final performance in the Broadway production of Equus. As Playbill.com notes “when it closes, the acclaimed revival will have played 21 previews and
156 regular performances. Previews began Sept. 5, 2008, with an
official opening Sept. 25.”

As readers will recall, this is the second time Dan Radcliffe and Richard Griffiths have appeared in a theatrical production of the Peter Shaffer play, the first being several years ago in Longon, England. Playbill reminds us that “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.” The subject matter of the play is a serious one, as “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 play and actors have continued to garner the attention of the press and various awards and honors during the US run of Equus. Most recently, Dan Radcliffe was honored again as another portrait of the young actor was added to the wall of another famous NY restaurant, this one Tony’s DiNapoli. You can see photos of Dan and this new portrait here in our image galleries.

TLC would like to send our since Congratulations to Dan and Richard and the entire cast and crew for a successful run on Broadway!

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