With his “Harry Potter” days now well behind him, Daniel Radcliffe has been embracing less family-friendly material in recent years and that includes the darkly comic world of Martin McDonagh’s “The Cripple of Inishmaan.”
Having starred in the recent revival of the play on London’s West End, Radcliffe will take the production to Broadway, with an opening at the Cort Theatre in New York scheduled for April 20. The play is expected to begin previews on April 12 and will run for three months.
Radcliffe plays a disabled young man who longs to become involved in the shooting of a documentary taking place on a nearby Irish island. The production will be directed by Michael Grandage, who staged it at London’s Noel Coward Theatre.
The play debuted in Los Angeles in 1998 in a production at the Geffen Playhouse. The play “reveals itself as an uneven work. Seductive as its folksy faux-Irish veneer may be, this is a play that’s more surface than substance,” wrote a Times reviewer.
The play ran in a different production at the Public Theater in New York that same year, and was previously produced at the Royal National Theater in London.
“Inishmaan” will mark the third time Radcliffe has acted on Broadway, following lead roles in the 2008 revival of “Equus” and the 2011 musical “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.”
McDonagh’s plays -- often dark and humorous -- have become a popular draw on Broadway since he burst onto the scene with “The Beauty Queen of Leenane” in 1998. His most recent play to be produced on Broadway was “A Behanding in Spokane” in 2010.