Daniel Radcliffe’s Broadway Hat Trick in “The Cripple of Inishmaan”


(Andrew Kelly / Reuters)

Say this for Daniel Radcliffe: Where a lot of other actors who’ve made their names in movies have treated the stage as a stopover, the 24-year-old star of the “Harry Potter” franchise has sought to make it a second home.

Just announced: He’ll be returning this season to Broadway — his third gig there in the past 5  1/2 years — in a revival (and Times Square debut)  of Martin McDonagh’s comedy “The Cripple of Inishmaan.” It begins previews at the Cort Theatre on April 12.

Radcliffe appeared on Broadway opposite a “Harry Potter” co-star, the late Richard Griffiths, in a revival of “Equus” in 2008, and three years later sang and danced in a revival of  “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.” You got the sense, in those two performances, of an actor receiving on-the-job training: he was game and appealing, if not completely up to some of the more difficult technical and interpretative demands of the roles.

The notices in London last year for him and this “Cripple of Inishmaan” — set on Ireland’s Aran Islands in 1934, at the time of the filming of what would become a celebrated documentary, Robert Flaherty’s “Man of Aran” — were strong. So the production, directed by Michael Grandage, will arrive with a healthy head of steam. And if Radcliffe’s last Broadway foray is any indication, a lot of fans are eager to see how he’s grown.

Peter Marks joined the Washington Post as its chief theater critic in 2002. Prior to that he worked for nine years at the New York Times, on the culture, metropolitan and national desks, and spent about four years as its off-Broadway drama critic.
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