Daniel Radcliffe Returning to Broadway With ‘The Cripple of Inishmaan’

Harry Potter star will play a deformed boy with dreams of stardom

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Daniel Radcliffe has pranced around naked and danced up a storm, but nothing may prepare theatergoers for his next acting challenge.

The “Harry Potter” star will enter the dark, severely demented world of playwright Martin McDonagh in the pitch-black “The Cripple of Inishmaan.” It marks a third trip to Broadway for the 24-year old star, who has previously appeared in “Equus” and  “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” the sources of the aforementioned nudity and hoofing.

Radcliffe previously anchored a West End revival of the play that earned solid notices for his work as a young cripple who wants to be in a Hollywood film.

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The New York Times’ Ben Brantley wrote that the actor “… delivers his finest stage performance to date as a grotesque who fades into the crowd.”

The play will be transferred with its London cast intact and will be directed by Tony-winner Michael Grandage.

It will officially open at Broadway’s Cort Theatre on April 20 with previews beginning April 12. Its marks the Great White Way debut of the play, which was previously performed Off-Broadway at the Public Theater and at the Atlantic Theater Company.  McDonagh’s other plays include “The Beauty Queen of Leenane” and “A Behanding in Spokane.”

Despite earning respectable reviews for his two previous Broadway outings, Radcliffe has yet to earn a Tony nomination. Yet, the play will premiere in time for him to be considered for awards, something the producers likely had in mind.

On screen, Radcliffe will next appear in the romantic comedy “The F Word” and the horror film “Horns.” He most recently played poet Allen Ginsberg in “Kill Your Darlings.”