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London stage beckons Harry Potter

From the Associated Press

Daniel Radcliffe will strip off his Harry Potter eyeglasses and robes for his London stage debut next year.

The 17-year-old actor, who plays the bespectacled schoolboy wizard in the film adaptations of J.K. Rowling’s novels, will star as a troubled stableboy in a revival of Peter Shaffer’s “Equus.”

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.

Richard Griffiths, who plays Harry’s Uncle Vernon in the films, is lined up to play the psychiatrist who interviews the troubled youth. He won a Tony Award last month for his performance on Broadway in “The History Boys.”

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Radcliffe is now filming “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,” the fifth installment in Harry’s adventures, and recently finished shooting “December Boys,” the story of four orphans who compete for adoption.


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