The young wizard has chosen wisely. Would that the production around him, first presented in London, showed off Mr. Stretching without tearing is presumably what Mr. Radcliffe, who has spent most of his adolescence playing the schoolboy sorcerer in the globally popular Harry Potter movies, had in mind when he took on the role of Alan Strang, a year-old suburban stableboy who commits grotesque and seemingly inexplicable crimes against horses.
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When Daniel Radcliffe appeared in the Broadway play Equus in , bang in the middle of his tenure as Harry Potter, it raised eyebrows. The British tabloid media had a field day reporting stories about behind-the-scenes disturbances, and even said that the actor had jeopardised his future as Harry Potter. To quell the reports, Warner Bros had to issue a statement in support of the actor, and his career choices. She was very happy to see me going off and doing something else.
In the current stage production, Agutter plays Hesther Saloman. In the revival of Shaffer's play, Radcliffe plays the disturbed adolescent Alan Strang, an English stable boy who has blinded six horses with a spike. Griffiths takes on the role of psychiatrist Martin Dysart, who attempts to discover the source of Strang's psychosis. Shaffer based the play on a true story told to him by a friend. Equus reunites Radcliff and Griffiths, who appeared together in the "Harry Potter" movies.
Radcliffe, who found fame as the young wizard in the Potter films, plays a troubled stable boy who ritualistically blinds horses in a production that has caused a flurry of excitement among his hordes of teenage fans. Radcliffe confessed afterwards to first night nerves but said he had no qualms about baring all after two weeks of doing the play in previews. You could hear a pin drop in the auditorium when year-old Radcliffe performed his naked scene with actress Joanna Christie, who plays his girlfriend.