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Dan Radcliffe and Richard Griffiths End Broadway Run of "Equus"

Posted by: sue
February 08, 2009, 02:42 PM

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 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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1921 Points

I got to see it twice (once in previews), and I was so happy that it proved Dan can really act. Hope he comes back to Bway after DH.

Posted by izziewitch on February 10, 2009, 10:16 AM report to moderator
139 Points

Has it really been several years since the run in London? Wasn’t it just 2 years ago? Honestly I never wanted to see the play, but I’ve heard it was fantastic for which I’m glad.

Posted by halcyon /roar/ on February 11, 2009, 12:13 PM report to moderator
24135 Points

Congrats to Dan and Richard and the cast of Equus!

Posted by hermyone*ROAR* on February 11, 2009, 06:34 PM report to moderator
3455 Points

I wanted to see it! i herd it was good! Congrats Dan!

Posted by Catherine ( *SQUEE!*) on February 11, 2009, 06:46 PM report to moderator
32 Points

I was lucky enough to see the last performance, it was absolutely superb. As someone already said, the curtain call was fantastic, Peter Schaffer was called onto the stage and everybody cheered. Someone in the balcony threw a stuffed pony at Dan, it was great. ‘The Road Less Traveled’ was the perfect poem for the moment. I think Dan is a great actor to have played this part for the same reason why he is a great actor to play Harry, through everything he has an enduring innocence which enables us as viewers to empathize with him, even in the darker moments.

Posted by Tarantellegra on February 11, 2009, 11:55 PM report to moderator
1822 Points

I wish I could have been able to see it! I am sure it was absolutely amazing. Cheers Dan for job well done:)

Posted by ChrissyPuff on February 12, 2009, 07:37 AM report to moderator
1013 Points

Congratulations to EVERYONE who worked on Equus!

Posted by Dawlish and the Archies {WBM!} on February 12, 2009, 02:02 PM report to moderator
3700 Points

Moving on to filming DH, and we haven’t even seen HBP yet!

Posted by Minerva McGonagall on February 13, 2009, 04:43 AM report to moderator
13596 Points

Equus is a wonderful acting challenge — but the price range for the tickets was out of my budget. It was expensive, even by Broadway standards. Oh well.

Posted by Garden State Geek on February 24, 2009, 11:48 AM report to moderator
7524 Points

Congrats Dan for your great work!

Posted by Bradyboy on March 08, 2009, 10:57 PM report to moderator
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