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5th-Nov-2006 09:22 pm
Dan by Dennys eyes
Harry Potter and the full frontal dilemma

Chris Hastings, Arts and Media Editor, Sunday Telegraph
Last Updated: 12:13am GMT 05/11/2006

As the star of the Harry Potter films, he is the heart-throb and role model every parent wants for a child. But now Daniel Radcliffe, 17, has sparked the first great parental dilemma of 2007.

Should they allow their children to see the young star perform some of the most explicit nude scenes ever staged when he hits the West End in February?

David Pugh, the producer of a new production of Peter Shaffer's Equus, which stars a fully naked Radcliffe, has insisted he will not ban children from any of the performances.

The lack of a ban is likely to prove highly controversial and is in stark contrast to the policy adopted by other theatres in the West End.

Children under the age of seven are discouraged from attending performances of Mary Poppins for fear it is too frightening.

Mr Pugh told The Sunday -Telegraph: "We will offer parental guidance and we will point out that some scenes in Equus are unsuitable for children. But there will not be a ban on them attending the performance. Every child is different and they will react to the play differently.

"I am not going to start playing the game where I say you can't come because you are 11 or you can't come because you are 14.
"Who the hell am I to start saying that?

"I saw the play at 14 and it changed my life. If I hadn't seen it I wouldn't be producing it now."

Equus, which had its premiere at the National Theatre in 1973, is one of the most controversial and acclaimed works in the English language. It charts the relationship between Martin Dysart, a psychiatrist, who will be played by Radcliffe's Harry Potter co-star Richard Griffiths, and Alan Strang, a disturbed teenager who is referred to him after blinding a horse with a metal spike.

Over the course of the drama the psychiatrist carries out interviews with the patient and his family to try to find a motive for the crime.

At the heart of the story is Strang's obsessive and very physical relationship with a horse called Nugget. In one scene, a naked Strang kneels before the horse as an act of worship. In another, he is clearly sexually aroused by the act of riding the animal.

"The nudity and those scenes are an essential part of the story," said Mr Pugh. "We are not doing it as an excuse to show Harry Potter's willy.

"Daniel is fully committed to the role and he has not asked for any special favours."

Radcliffe has lost no time in promoting the play among his huge army of fans. The star's discussion forum on his official website is awash with messages from fans wondering if they will be able to go.

One 13-year-old girl wondered what Radcliffe will be like naked, but her message was soon removed by the website adjudicator. A 15-year-old girl doubts she will able to see the play but is buttering up her mother just in case, while a 14-year-old says she will be happy to see anything as long as the horses don't get hurt.

The production, which opens at the Gielgud Theatre, is expected to be one of the biggest non-musical money-makers of recent years.

The box office was last night quoting £48.75 for all its stall seats.

Shaffer, who has resisted previous efforts to revive the play in the West End, agreed to back the revival after Radcliffe agreed to a private performance for the playwright at the Old Vic.

"It wasn't a question of finding a play for Daniel to do because we knew it would be a hit," said Mr Pugh.

"I have been wanting to do a production of Equus for eight years and the problem has always been finding the right boy.

"When Daniel performed for us at the workshop we couldn't take our eyes off him."*


*bolding mine ~ Leela.
5th-Nov-2006 10:30 am (UTC)
That last line...!

*glee* I am so excited about watching Equus. *bounces around in anticipation*
5th-Nov-2006 02:54 pm (UTC)
Oh, you're so lucky you can go!!
5th-Nov-2006 10:38 am (UTC)
"The nudity and those scenes are an essential part of the story," said Mr Pugh. "We are not doing it as an excuse to show Harry Potter's willy.


And, of course, the last line. Hee hee hee. Thanks for sharing :)
5th-Nov-2006 10:46 am (UTC)
I love that last line, thanks for sharing and brightening my day!
5th-Nov-2006 11:06 am (UTC)
I was just gonna post this, too - that last line makes my day so, so, so, so much!!!!!
5th-Nov-2006 02:55 pm (UTC)
I thought of you as soon as I read it!! *hugs*
5th-Nov-2006 11:21 am (UTC)
We are not doing it as an excuse to show Harry Potter's willy.

When Daniel performed for us at the workshop we couldn't take our eyes off him.

*gigglesnort* *once again wishes I lived in London if only for the theatre*
5th-Nov-2006 11:28 am (UTC)
I'm actually disappointed to hear this. I was planning on attending, but the thought of sitting in an audience with hundreds of squealing and cat-calling little girls is a complete turn-off. I was hoping there would be some common sense applied, but despite the denial, the obvious hope is to tap into the massive amounts of money will be made via Dan's HP fanbase, not for him to grow as an actor - and I'm even more skeptical of Pugh's assertation that he's been waiting for the "right boy." More like the biggest draw.


Sorry. Didn't mean to rant all over your journal! :c)
5th-Nov-2006 04:47 pm (UTC)
I'm really surprised there will not be an age limit, just "advice" for parents. I have a feeling we'll all see Harry Potter's willy because of the sneaked-in cameras/camera phones. The icons....

I still feel a bit maternal towards Danny boy. But he's trying hard to change my mind....
5th-Nov-2006 08:51 pm (UTC)
I have to agree toren, although I do also think it will make people think twice about whether he is dedicated to being a serious actor or not, and I think that's what he is trying to prove. It won't make him a better actor, but it will make people perceive him differently.
5th-Nov-2006 11:32 am (UTC)
He is very brave for doing this, given his position. It just goes to show his seriousness for acting. Good on him!
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6th-Nov-2006 12:14 am (UTC)
I love the last line!!! XD I don't know what play this is, but I sure as hell want to see it! lol and if not, youtube clips will be greatly appriciated! XD
6th-Nov-2006 08:28 am (UTC)
I dig the last line.
7th-Nov-2006 09:04 pm (UTC)
haha! Props to the writer for incorporating the phrase "Harry Potter's willy."

On a more serious note, though, I think its brave of Dan to take on such a controversial play.
9th-Nov-2006 03:44 am (UTC)
I can't WAIT until pictures are posted online.

Erm... did I say that out loud?

All perviness aside, "right boy" my ass. If you had the chance to have Dan Radcliffe, teen star extraordinaire, in your play, I think you'd say anything to get him to do it. And think of all the PR it would get if he ended up, somehow, naked. I mean, it's one thing to profit off a good play. It's another to have Harry Potter in your play, and it's an entire other thing to have him in your play in the nude. So yeah, the producer's sole purpose might not be to just "show Harry Potter's willy," but it's sure going to help him in the long run.

As far as the age bit goes, I agree, but imagine the naive parent, taking kid 1 and kid 2 to see "the new Harry Potter show." Heh.
15th-Nov-2006 01:21 am (UTC)
Well, you know he just about had to do the play. His acting has been slammed by critics most of his professional acting life. I saw Daniel when he was 8 years old in David Copperfield. Gag... He was awful. In the HP films he has improved...I'll give you that. He's doing the play for 2 reasons. He wants to distant himself from HP, so he won't be typcast when he's older. The other to prove he can act. so naked or not, he has his work cut out to do.
19th-Nov-2006 02:44 pm (UTC)
"When Daniel performed for us at the workshop we couldn't take our eyes off him."

... I bet they couldn't ;)
Quite amusing, thanks for sharing!
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