Daniel Radcliffe has impressed audiences and critics in his brave, adult role as Alan Strang in the play “Equus” where he has full frontal nude scenes with an actress onstage.
The Daily Mail reports that the boy wizard “truly impressed with a bravura full-frontal display that earned him a standing ovation.”
Radcliffe portrays a stable boy being treated by a psychiatrist for blinding six horses with a hoof pick.
The threatre was standing room only for the preview performance, and three-quarters of the way through the second act, Radcliffe stripped down for a sex scene with his young leading lady, Joanna Christie.
The Daily Mail reports that “there was no coughing, no muttering, just people holding their breath at the sight of a pale teenager engaging in a full embrace with a beautiful young girl.”
The boy wizard took a big chance taking on such a complex and brave adult role at age 17, considering most of his fan base are pre-adolescent teens and children.
The show at the Gielgud Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue was received well, critics and audiences praising the new run of scribe Peter Shaffer’s 34 year old play.
The Daily Mail interviewed some attendees: “Suzanne Fournier, 16, and her friend Bethany Williams, 15, travelled from New Brunswick, Canada, with Bethany’s parents,” just to see Daniel in action.
Suzanne told the Daily Mail: “We came just to see the play and I loved it. I was quite surprised at how good Daniel was because I had been wondering if he could pull it off and he did. I must say he was very, very fit.”
The Daily Mail reported that New York theatre producer Roger Berlind stated he would find a way to finance the show if they wanted to come to Broadway.
He told the Daily Mail Daniel Radcliffe was a “natural stage performer”.
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