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The erstwhile bespectacled boy wizard is serious about his stage credentials.
The dark comedy is set on the remote island off the west coast of Ireland in the 1930s, when the small community is abuzz over the arrival of an American film crew to shoot Robert J. Flaherty‘s fictionalized documentary, Man of Aran.
Part of the inaugural season of the newly formed Michael Grandage Company, the revival garnered raves in the West End last year. Ben Brantley in The New York Times wrote: “Daniel Radcliffe delivers his finest performance to date. He is remarkable.”
While McDonagh’s 1996 play has been staged twice Off Broadway, this marks its first Broadway presentation, following the playwright’s The Beauty Queen of Leenane, The Lonesome West, The Pillowman, The Lieutenant of Inishmore and A Behanding in Spokane.
McDonagh has also expanded into filmmaking in recent years, winning an Oscar for the live-action short film Six Shooter in 2006, and later directing the features In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths.
The Broadway transfer of The Cripple of Inishmaan is being produced by Michael Grandage Company, Arielle Tepper Madover, LTD Productions, Martin McCallum, Stephanie P. McClelland, Stacey Mindich, Starry Night Entertainment and The Shubert Organization.
It begins previews April 12 at the Cort Theatre, with opening night set for April 20. Alongside Radcliffe as Cripple Billy, the ensemble cast also features Ingrid Craigie, Padraic Delaney, Sarah Greene, Gillian Hanna, Gary Lilburn, Conor MacNeill, Pat Shortt and June Watson.
Radcliffe has been sharpening his theater chops since the Harry Potter film franchise started winding down. He appeared in London and on Broadway in Peter Shaffer‘s drama Equus, then returned to New York to star in the musical revival How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.
Grandage won a Tony Award in 2010 for his direction of John Logan‘s Red. His other Broadway credits include the 2012 revival of Evita that starred Ricky Martin; a 2009 Hamlet headlining Jude Law; and Peter Morgan‘s Frost/Nixon, which starred Frank Langella and Michael Sheen.
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