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Equus with Daniel Radcliffe
Equus - starring Daniel Radcliffe and Richard Griffiths.
Equus the Play has been a hot topic of discussion amongst the theatre community for a long time.
In the Fall 2008, Broadway was graced by Harry Potter stars, Daniel Radcliffe and Richard Griffiths. They starred in the West End, sell out transfer, of Peter Shaffer's Equus at The Broadhurst Theatre, NYC.
In this article you will find opinion of Equus the play, Equus reviews, and interviews with the stars of Equus, as well as how to get your hands on a copy of Equus the film, as well as the Equus play script and the Equus study guide.
Equus Theatre Poster, featuring Daniel Radcliffe - Isn't it beautiful?
"This is a performance by an actor of real potential," Michael Billington (The Guardian.)
"The emergence of young Dan Radcliffe in the artistic raw, tested as an actor and found equal to a stretching role." Quentin Letts (The Daily Mail)
Alan (Daniel Radcliffe) and his Horses
So, What Did I Think of Daniel Radcliffe in Equus?
I saw this production of Equus, in London 2007. I'll be honest, I thought it was alright, but I wanted more from Radcliffe. I saw the second preview, so his performance was still finding it's feet (there was a rather embarrasment moment at the end, where Richard Griffiths had to show him how to bow!)
I really wanted to love this show, as I was in a production of it with a theatre company a few years previously, but I was left with a strange taste in my mouth. I couldn't help feeling that there are better actors out there who could take on the role. Radcliffe was, for me, just OK. He didn't have enough diversity in his performance, the only diversity was in his vocal projection - quiet, loud, or shouting. Richard Griffiths was superb, as I had hoped. The production as a whole was 'revived' from it's original conception in the 70s, recreating the wired horse masks, as using a minimalistic set.
This show has created huge controversy, primarily due to one scene in Equus that sees Daniel Radcliffe nude; completely starkers, naked, no clothes, nada (and we're not talking just shirtless either)...yes, gasp you might!
What the ITV news say about Daniel Radcliffe's debut in Equus
Equus, Promo Shots featuring Daniel Radcliffe without any clothes
Daniel Radcliffe gets nude on stage - ...or Harry Potter Gets His Wand Out
The strange taste in my mouth, was scepticism. After seeing Radcliffe's disappointingly bland and shouty performance, I couldn't help feeling that it was stunt casting that gave him the part. Having a name like, Daniel Radcliffe, in a lead role that goes fully naked on stage, is a guaranteed sell out. Who isn't interested to see whether or not he actually takes his clothes off?
I find something awkward about it. I don't know why. I'm not a prude by any means. I only find it distasteful because Radcliffe is so strongly associated with Harry Potter - an icon of children's literature. Millions of children look up to him and adore him...and in the late 2000s he was still a teenager and is appeared naked in front of hundreds of people. It's just, I don't know, kinda weird.
I suppose I also wouldn't mind so much, if it wasn't the topic of conversation every time someone talks about the show. If there's a publicity shot for the show, it's of Radcliffe topless. No one stops and talks to him about the fundamental issues of playing a young teenage character growing up and needing psychiatric care. No one talks about the interesting stage design or the beautiful horse masks. All people seem to care about is Daniel Radcliffe getting taking his clothes off and showing everyone his wand, so to speak.
Is Daniel Radcliffe Right For The Part?
Is it stunt casting? Are there better actors out there? Is Radcliffe too associated with Children's Literature to go naked on stage?
Martin Dysart (Griffiths) and Alan Strang (Radcliffe)
Buy and Read the Script for Equus
"An explosive play that took critics and audiences by storm, Equus is Peter Shaffer's exploration of the way modern society has destroyed our ability to feel passion. Alan Strang is a disturbed youth whose dangerous obsession with horses leads him to commit an unspeakable act of violence. As psychiatrist Martin Dysart struggles to understand the motivation for Alan's brutality, he is increasingly drawn into Alan's web and eventually forced to question his own sanity. Equus is a timeless classic and a cornerstone of contemporary drama that delves into the darkest recesses of human existence." (amazon.com)
Alan Strang (Radcliffe)
Strang and Dysart
Equus Synopsis and Study notes
*may contain spoilers*
Equus tells the story of a troubled stable lad, Alan Strang, who has an unusual relationship with his horses. Worshipping his god, Equus, it all seems relatively harmless. Then interactions with the stable girl, Jill, takes a course of action that leads him to be submitted to a psychiatric care. Persuaded by his lifelong confident, Dr. Martin Dysart, child psychologist, takes on the boy and begins to unravel what happened, and what led him to brutally attack and blind six horses with a metal spike - all the time dealing with his own demons.
Many universities and drama departments study the text and play, as it raises interesting debate about the nature of theatre and rituals, as well as innocence and loss. An intriguing set of characters guide us through this troublesome story. Questions are raised about identity, religion and sex. How did a teenage boy become so ensnared in a faith, to the extent that his staunch beliefs would give him such powerful feelings of guilt and shame, that would lead him to attempt destroying his very own god. Emotionally charged, gripping and captivating. An extraordinary play that will stay with you, even after you've left the theatre.
Alan and Gill
Alan worshipping his God, Equus (this is not a sex scene)
What other theatre has Daniel Radcliffe been doing since Equus?
Since Equus, Daniel Radcliffe has been busy! Not only did he have to finish off the Harry Potter films, but he has gained a few more theatrical accolades under his belt.
He went to Broadway and starred in the musical How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying. The musical was a super hit and went down very well with critics.
In the middle of 2013, he then went to star in The Cripple on Inishmaan as part of the Michael Grandage season at the Noel Coward theatre, London. Another challenging role, not only by virtue of having to perfect an Irish accent, but also because he had to play his role with half his body contorted into a cripple-like stance. I saw it in June, and it was excellent!
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Alan and Gill, the Stable Girl - This is the prelude to Daniel Radcliffe's controversial sex scene that-never-actually-happens in Equus
Some links about Equus and Daniel Radcliffe
- DanRadcliffe.com | Home
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- Equus with Daniel Radcliffe - West End Whingers
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- MuggleNet | Daniel Radcliffe / Harry Potter
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- Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe wants to play a villain for next role - Telegraph
Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe wants to play a villain for next role
- Theatre review: Equus / Gielgud Theatre, London | Film | The Guardian
The revelation of this compelling revival is that Daniel Radcliffe really can act, says Michael Billington.
- Daniel Radcliffe's Equus - .: The Snitch Harry Potter Community
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- Daniel Radcliffe Goes Shirtless in ‘Equus’ | Daniel Radcliffe : Just Jared
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- Urban Dictionary: equus
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- MTV Movies Blog – Daniel Radcliffe Admits Man Crush On ‘Equus’ Horse
OK - so there's no actual "horse sex" in "Equus," whatever some of the theater-goers might say, but that doesn't mean Daniel Radcliffe and Lorenzo
- Daniel Radcliffe in Equus - Film.com
Daniel Radcliffe in Equus - Film.com
- Daniel Radcliffe Does ‘Equus’ Again | Pink is the New Blog
Daniel Radcliffe Does ‘Equus’ Again | Pink is the New Blog
- Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe thrills New York critics in Equus - Telegraph
Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe thrills New York critics in Equus - Telegraph
- Equus Study Guide & Notes | Peter Shaffer | BookRags.com
Study guide and notes for Peter Shaffer's Equus.
- Equus Study Guide - Peter Shaffer - eNotes.com
Equus study guide with summary, notes, essays, quotes, analysis and pictures
Plot summary and character descriptions for Equus including voice part, dancing requirements and age range.
- Equus (play) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Equus (play) From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
- Equus (1977) - IMDb
Directed by Sidney Lumet. With Richard Burton, Peter Firth, Colin Blakely, Joan Plowright. A psychiatrist, Martin Dysart, investigates the savage blinding of six horses
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- Daniel Radcliffe & Harry Potter's Blog
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- Daniel Radcliffe on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Dancing, Broadway, and the Final Scene
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- Film features and in depth reports from Total Film. Daniel Radcliffe Talks Life After Harry Potter
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- BBC News - Daniel Radcliffe takes on first film after Harry Potter
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- Dan Radcliffe / Daniel Radcliffe - All Harry Potter.com - The ultimate Harry Potter directory.
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