Harry Potter is returning to Broadway. After making a hit with critics and audiences in Equus and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Daniel Radcliffe will make his third Broadway appearance, this time in Martin McDonagh’s The Cripple of Inishmaan, beginning preview performances on April 12 at the Cort Theatre in advance of an April 20th opening. It will play a strictly limited engagement through July 20.
Cripple, which has been seen Off-Broadway in 1998 and 2008, is a dark comedy telling the story of Billy, a disabled young man (played by Radcliffe) on the Irish island of Inishmaan in the 1930s. The boy’s small community is turned upside down when a Hollywood film crew arrives on a nearby island to make a documentary. Determined to escape the narrow confines of his home, Billy tries for a part in the movie.
This will be a transfer of a London production directed by Tony winner Michael Grandage (Red, Evita, Frost/Nixon) which played to critical acclaim last June. Radcliffe and the British cast will be repeating their performances. The production will open in time to be considered for the 2014 Tony Awards.
Though born and raised in England, McDonagh’s work is mostly set in Ireland. His previous Broadway productions include The Beauty Queen of Leenane, The Lonesome West, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, A Behanding in Spokane, and The Pillowman. He won an Academy Award for his short film Six Shooter and was nominated for his screenplay of In Bruges, which he also directed.