Daniel Radcliffe can act, everyone saw that in the Harry Potter saga. Now the actor is creating buzz with his on stage performance in The Cripple of Inishmaan in which he plays a disabled orphan very convincingly.
Daniel has returned to the stage in London to perform the part in Michael Grandage’s revival of Martin McDonagh’s play.
The play is running at the Noel Coward Theatre until August 31. The story is set in 1934 and disabled teenager Billy Claven (Radcliffe) lives with his “aunties” on the isle of Inishmaan off the west coast of Ireland.
He is bullied because of his disabilities and gets away from it all by immersing himself in books and staring at cows. Things change when a Hollywood filmmaker arrives in a near by island.
“Radcliffe also has the precious gift, vital in a play full of narrative surprises, of seeming artful and vulnerable at the same time.” says Michael Billington from The Guardian, who gives Radcliffe five stars for his performance.
This is Daniel Radcliffe’s third stage performance in the past six years. In 2007, he stripped naked in London and New York productions of the play Equus and appeared on Broadway in 2011 in the musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying in which he shows he can sing and dance as well.
His cripple performance has also been described as ” honest, sensitive, and not showy.”
“(He) proves, as he did in Equus, that he is a fine stage actor with a gift for playing social outsiders.” Billington adds.
Critics are impressed with the star’s grounded personality. Not only that, he has a loyal fan base considering the number of people waiting for him at the stage door.
But Daniel hasn’t just been busy with plays, he has appeared in the 2012 horror film The Woman in Black and also in the indie file Kill Your Darlings in which he plays poet Allen Ginsberg in the 2013.
“With theatre I always feel I learn a lot, about stamina and energy and those kind of things, but with film, film is very much my home,” Daniel Radcliffe recently told Reuters and he made it clear he wants varied roles.