Daniel Radcliffe Preps for Starring Role in Michael Grandage's THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN in the West End

Daniel Radcliffe Preps for Starring Role in Michael Grandage's THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN in the West End

According to the Daily Mail, Daniel Radcliffe is busy prepping for his starring role as a young man with degenerative muscle disease in Martin McDonagh's The Cripple Of Inishmaan, directed by Michael Grandage for his new Michael Grandage Company at the Noel Coward Theatre, 8 June - 31 August 2013.

"I've been working with a consultant trainer who helps people who have multiple sclerosis, because Billy -- the boy I play -- is crippled in his legs and his back has gone," Radcliffe told the Mail. "I wanted to find a way of conveying his illness in a manner I'd be able to perform every night."

Read the original report here.

The Cripple of Inishmaan is set in Ireland's Aran Islands. The show is described on MGC's website as "Cripple Billy, orphaned since birth, just might have found a way off the Isle of Aran and a route all the way to Hollywood if he can persuade a small community of Islanders how much he wants to realise his dream. Martin McDonagh's comic masterpiece examines an ordinary coming of age in extraordinary circumstances and confirms his position as one of the most original Irish voices to emerge in the second half of the twentieth century. Daniel Radcliffe plays the title role in the first major London revival since its premiere at The National Theatre in 1996."

No further casting for Grandage's production has been announced. The show's creative team will feature set and costume design by Christopher Oram, lighting design by Paule Constable and composer and sound designer Alex Baranowski.

Radcliffe was cast at age 11 in the Harry Potter film series and is best known for his roles the franchise's eight films. He has also appeared in December Boys, My Boy Jack, The Woman in Black, the TV series A Young Doctor's Notebook, Allen Ginsberg's Kill Your Darlings, and has Horns and The F Word in post-production. Radcliffe also appeared in Broadway's recent revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, as well as Equus.

For more about the production, visit michaelgrandagecompany.com.

Photo Credit: Rex USA

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