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February 22nd, 2008

Daniel Won!

daniel radcliffe in equus
Daniel won the "What's on Stage" award as DEWYNTERS London Newcomer of the Year and Equus in general won as Best Play Revival and AKA Theatre Event of the Year. this last one expressively for Daniel Radcliffe’s steamy publicity shots for Equus.

The FRANCO’S Best Actress in a Play has been won by Maggie Smith for The Lady from Dubuque at the Theatre Royal Haymarket; while Sir Ian McKellen won Best Actor in a Play for King Lear, RSC at the New London (and this play i'm really sad i wasn't able to see).
Hairspray at the Shaftesbury won a total of 6 awards, i'm not into musical at all (well in reality i sort of find them totally boring. when actors start to sing my brain shut down completely) but even i have found the story amusing and refreshing.
In fact Thea Sharrock lost the award to Hairspray's director Jack O’Brien.

September 14th, 2007

I thought you could be interested in knowing Equus and Daniel are both nominated in People's Choice Theatre Awards 2007, specifically for the best play and best theatre actor and maybe in voting for them too ^____^

People's Choice Theatre Awards 2007

August 17th, 2007

I don't know if this post is acceptable to be posted here, but considering this community is full of Daniel fans and a good lot of them are girls, i thought this could be of interest.

everything started this morning when i got the wretched idea of opening a link to an article so titled Some Women who obsess on Harry Potter Border on P3dophili@ i shouldn't have done it, really, because after reading my first thought was: not again!. but i had already read and again i thought i could maybe try to discuss those opinions.
i got all my patience out of the cap and started answering to this man's article, trying to explain him an other point of view; the point of view of a person who likes Harry Potter Books, who likes Fan fictions, who likes Daniel Radcliffe but doesn't go out at night barking at the moon like a raving lunatic; of course i shouldn't have wasted my time.
anyway because this Dominick (this is the name of our reviewer) decided to post my replay casually or do not post them at all, I've ordered the and written them down here for everyone to see.

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June 24th, 2007

two weeks from the end of Equus i've fianlly managed to write a bit of my experience of that wondrous last performance. nothing spectacular but i needed to post it anyway ^^
if anyone is interested here is the post
if i manage tomorrow i'll try to add some pictures too.

June 14th, 2007

Equus vid

daniel radcliffe in equus
Hello everyone,
if you are interested i've just posted a couple of Dan vids taken outside the Gielgud theatre after the last two days performances.
you can find them here.

June 12th, 2007

Equus Final Show

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Sorry I have been slow with this, I came home to a house full of sick children. Typical.

I promised I would write a review of the final show, and now I come to do it, I don't think I can.

If you have read Nick's review, that pretty much sums it up. He is much better at that sort of thing than me!

But i will say it was an exceptionally emotional evening. The excitement in the theater was palpable.

The Ha Ha scene, was mind blowing. Definitely the most intense I have seen it (this was my third time). My friend who came with me, is not a Daniel fan as such, and i was worried about what she thought, but she was totally swept up in it. She said she felt her breathing had become synchronized with his during that scene and was overwhelmed by the intensity.

Also the blinding of the horses at the end, you could really see that he was giving a million and one percent, to make it the best ever, truly staggering, and the boy can really jump!!

The cinema/bus stop scene, got some huge laughs. 

Oh and Daniel nearly corpsed when he fluffed his line, it was nice to see him struggling to get back into character.

When the play had finished and the horses came out, the ovation was immediate and deafening. I think all the cast were overwhelmed by the audience reaction.  It was a total privilege to be a part of it. I think I did myself an injury clapping so loud and for so long.

As they walked off the stage a girl held up a sign, and Daniel gave her a thumbs up. Then another fangirl (don't know if it was the same one) decided to climb onstage, but she was bundled off pretty sharpish.

As I said, my 'review' is pretty useless, I think I still need to think about it to truly appreciate what I witnessed.

June 10th, 2007

Equus Revolutions

cross-posting from my LJ, a slightly edited version of my thoughts on the last night of Equus

So there we have it. A lot of buildup, a (largely engineered) international uproar, a hugely successful run and a 180-degree turn in the public perception of an actor's career ended last night with the final performance of Equus at the Gielgud Theatre.

I've seen this show so many times now there's not much left to say about it, but I think after 10 years of wanting to see it, the overload of the last few months should have got me over it - for the next ten years anyway.

The final show rocketed along, Richard Griffiths seems to have added lots of new bits into his performance: I noticed that when Alan asks for a cigarette his Dysart now jokingly gasps in horror - perhaps to preempt the reaction some of the audience have at that scene. He's also really expanded on the hint of madness at the end - Dysart's final line is now drawn out with long gasps as he literally imagines the "chinkle-chankle" in his mouth. I'm not entirely convinced this works since he doesn't really hint at Dysart's possible insanity in the rest of the play; and my attempt afterwards to replicate the sound effect his throat made as he gasped and choked, resulted in an unpleasant amount of phlegm.

For the first time, it was actually the DanRad who fluffed a line, although fortunately not an important one. And both his big scenes were the best I've seen him do. The "Fields of Ha Ha" at the end of the first act was streets ahead of any other time I'd seen it, with an impressive amount of physical nuance making up for what he very occasionally still lacks vocally (although that as well has come on in leaps and bounds.) The lights had barely gone down before the audience erupted into applause. As for the climactic scene (yes, the nudie one) he's got that down to a fine art and despite seeing it more times than is probably healthy, it didn't fail to make the hairs on the back of my neck stand up - while the way he throws himself up walls and around the stage filled with stomping "horses" says a lot about the meticulous choreography that's gone into that scene. I also felt, although I couldn't find anyone who agreed with me, that at various scenes in the play, not many, Dan has taken on some of the dancers' equine movements in his own portrayal of Alan - a couple of those imperious head-flicks here and there.

The whole cast were really giving it their all for the last show - Jenny Agutter clearly did her voice some damage by the end of it, finally forcing some personality into her cypher of a character who, as I've said before, hasn't been served too well by certain directorial decisions in this production. Most performances have received standing ovations, although usually not until Radcliffe and Griffiths take their bow. Last night as soon as the horses walked onstage everyone was on their feet, and by the time the leads came on the applause was loud enough to raise the roof. The DanRad had tears in his eyes and looked quite shaken, and I don't blame him - I doubt there's going to be a project that'll mark such a dramatic shift in his career. The Potter franchise may have made him a star and a millionnaire but Equus turned him first into a bona fide sex symbol and then, against all expectations, into a respected actor. So the end of the run is bound to take a lot out of him. Griffiths eventually shushed the audience so he could say a few words as it was the last night, mentioning how the production has been evolving throughout its run and how unique the audiences have been, consisting of a real mix of long-time theatre fans (many of whom were at the original production) and people who'd never set foot in a theatre before. As well as being a nice gesture to the audience, Griffiths' speech also seemed to calm Dan down a lot.

June 8th, 2007

just a quick post to let anyone know it`s going to be impossible to get Dan autograph from the gielgud back stage doors because the street over there is broken and they can`t put on barriers so he won`t come out T___T
about last performance, i`m going to be watching it, is there some one else who`s going to be at the gielgud tomorrow night?

June 4th, 2007

Well, as most of you know, the last performance of Equus in London is scheduled for June 9, 2007. If any of you attend this performance, I hope you will leave a review. And as you also know, Equus is coming to Broadway in June or July 2008 (just a year away!) with Radcliffe and Griffiths confirmed. This will be followed by an Australian production the following year for our Antipodean friends (no say as to whether Radcliffe/Griffiths will be cast).

With this in mind, I've created equus_broadway, which is empty for now, but will be updated as news is generated in regard to the U.S. production. I invite all of you to join if interested. Once I start posting, I will alert the fandom newsletters to let everyone know. I'm also looking into simply changing the name of this comm (equus_07) to equus_broadway, or similar if possible- I'll let you know.

If anyone would like to co-mod the new comm with me, just let me know, as I may not have as much time as I'd like to devote to this. A huge thanks to all of you who participated in this comm. We were the very first to see Dan Radcliffe's transition from teen idol to serious actor, and it's been an honor to have that opportunity. Please feel free to share any special memories of Equus or your trip to London in response to this post.

May 6th, 2007

2 bits of info

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While showing idontgiveafaux where to stand at the stage door yesterday afternoon for the best place to get Dan's autograph, we got chatting to an Equus Lighting engineer who was standing there having a cigarette break.

I asked him if the rumours were true that Daniel no longer comes out on friday and saturday nights to give autographs, and he told me the following.  It all depends on Daniel's Dad, who checks the crowd outside at the end of the performance.  If you come round the back and the barriers are up, then yes Daniel will be coming out, but only for as along as the crowd behaves, if the barriers are NOT up, then no one will be coming out.  He does come out every night though after weekday performances.

Also, for an extra piece of info, we got chatting about the giant Equus poster outside the theatre, and he told me the poster cost £70,000, and that at the end of Equus, all will happen is it will be taken down, folded away and stored somewhere to collect dust.

I told him he could give it to me ^_^  He laughed and went back inside. Damn.
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