Controversial Radcliffe starrer to open this fall
Last year’s hit London revival of “Equus” – better known as the show in which Harry Potter gets naked – has locked down its expected Broadway run, playing at the Broadhurst in the fall.
“Harry Potter” star Daniel Radcliffe and Richard Griffiths reprise their roles as a troubled young man and his psychiatrist.
Helmed by Thea Sharrock, the production was a B.O. hit in its five-month West End run, taking in more than $3 million before its first preview. Critics didn’t rave, but reviews were generally decent.
The buzz, of course, centered on Radcliffe, who appears naked for about 10 minutes of the show. Carefully cropped publicity shots of the nude thesp grabbed attention on both sides of the Atlantic.
The Tony-winning 1973 play, about a doctor (Griffiths) trying to discover why his disturbed patient (Radcliffe) has blinded six horses, had a three-year run on Broadway beginning in 1974. Play was made into a 1977 pic helmed by Sidney Lumet.
Griffiths was last on Broadway in his Tony-winning 2006 turn in “The History Boys” (also at the Broadhurst). Thesp has appeared alongside Radcliffe in the “Harry Potter” films, in which he plays Harry’s Muggle uncle.
The Shubert Organization, also the owner of the Broadhurst, produces the Broadway run of “Equus.” Show was produced in London by David Pugh and Dafydd Rogers.
The 22-week “Equus” run begins previews Sept. 5 for a Sept. 22 opening. Current tenant of the Broadhurst, “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” is skedded to end its limited run June 22.