Olivier Award winner Richard Griffiths and stage and screen veteran Kate Mulgrew will get to see Daniel Radcliffe naked. A lot. They’ll all be rehearsing together for the Broadway revival of Equus. Actually, Mr. Griffiths and Mr. Radcliffe have been pretty intimate before, since they all worked together on the London Equus revival in 2007. The play begins previews at the Broadhurst Theatre on Sept. 5. There will be an official opening on Sept. 25.
Mr. Radcliffe will star as Alan Strang with Mr. Griffiths as Dr. Martin Dysart. Ms. Mulgrew will play Hesther Saloman, the role created on Broadway by Marian Seldes in 1974.
“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.
In Equus, press notes state, “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.