Daniel Radcliffe, who plays Harry Potter, will strip off his familiar eyeglasses and robes for his London stage debut next year. The 17-year-old actor, who plays the bespectacled schoolboy wizard in the Hollywood adaptations of J.K. Rowling’s novels, will star as the troubled stable boy, Alan Strang, in Peter Shaffer’s “Equus.”
The play delves into the psyche of Strang who blinds six horses with a metal spike. In another scene, Strang is required to simulate sexual ecstasy while riding a horse naked. But Davies said nudity was not the focus of the play. 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.”
Radcliffe is now filming the fifth installment in Harry’s adventures; “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,” and recently finished shooting “December Boys,” the story of four orphans who compete for adoption.