Daniel Radcliffe to return to West End In ‘The Cripple of Inishmaan’

Daniel Radcliffe.

Daniel Radcliffe.

Welcome back to the West End Daniel Radcliffe! After six years away from the London theatre district, Daniel is returning to star in The Cripple of Inishmaan, his most taxing role to date.

The Cripple of Inishmaan is a black comedy that tells the story of a boy named Billy who has a degenerative muscle disease. As Daniel explains to The Daily Mail, Billy is “crippled in his legs and his back is gone,” and though it is never specified in the play, it seems as though he could suffer from multiple sclerosis.

Daniel, never going halfway on any project he has done, has taken the difficult portrayal of Billy to heart, by learning all he can to portray it correctly.

“I’ve been working for a consultant trainer who helps people who have multiple sclerosis,” Daniel told the newspaper. “If you do these things the wrong way, you can end up with serious back or walking problems.”

Other than his beloved role as Harry Potter, Daniel is best known for an eight month run as J. Pierpont Finch in How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, where he was succeeded by Darren Criss. His other theatre credits include Equus, where he played the leading role in both the West End and on Broadway.

My favorite thing about Daniel is that he never relies on who he is to get him a role. With How to Succeed he really worked on being able to sing and dance and now he’s working hard to understand the physical nuances of multiple sclerosis.

Though I don’t have multiple sclerosis, I do have a muscle disease, and whenever a show comes about that has a disabled character, I appreciate how carefully many of the actors take in portraying it accurately. There is a certain calmness that I feel knowing that the actors take portraying their disorder, whether it is a physical illness, such as in this show, or mental, such as in shows like Next to Normal.

I really look forward to hearing about how he portrays the character, as disabilities can be hard to portray and the portrayals themselves taxing on the body, but I have no doubt that Daniel is up to the challenge.

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2 Responses

  1. still excited…..!!!!! mwaahhh !!!

    If anyone spots a short (slightly dumpy) dizzy
    blond – wearing pink owl scarf & DR badges (lol)
    then that’ll be me………! X

    Hope everything goes OK for Dan & all
    those involved in this production.
    Tickets are selling FAST 😉

  2. very excited to see Dan on stage as didn’t get the opportunity last time round at the West End & most certainly wasn’t gonna travel all the way to Broadway NYC to see him! So feel blessed that got tix in the bag TWICE this time!!
    Good luck :)