In a time tested move to shed his “Kiddie Star Label” HARRY POTTER star Daniel Radcliffe will simultaneously show his stage chops and his doodle by taking on a role as a troubled teen who has a strange relationship with horses in a London production of Peter Shaffer’s “Equus.” The play has long been a venue for young actors seeking to show both their stage chops and their doodle.
The play delves into the psyche of a boy named Alan Strang who blinds six horses with a metal spike. The production is scheduled to open next March in the West End theater district, said spokesman Peter Thompson.
“It is an extraordinary play, and he’s very much looking forward to the role,” Radcliffe’s spokeswoman, Vanessa Davies, said Friday. “He is maturing as an actor and beginning to take on new and challenging roles.”
In one scene the actor playing Strang is required to simulate sexual ecstasy while riding a horse naked. But Davies said nudity was not the focus of the play
Richard Griffiths, who plays Harry’s Uncle Vernon in the movies will play the psychiatrist, making this a Freudian day at the races for Potter-freaks.