Daniel Radcliffe Will Return to Broadway in “The Lifespan of a Fact”

Even before the end of his tenure on the Harry Potter films, Daniel Radcliffe proved himself a natural on the stage in Equus and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Since then, the star has been in multiple productions, including The Cripple of Inishmaan and Privacy. If you missed Dan in his previous onstage roles – or if you just can’t get enough of him! – you’ll have another chance to snag Broadway tickets in just a few months.

It has been announced that Radcliffe’s Broadway return will be in The Lifespan of a Fact, a play adapted from the 2012 book of the same name. The show will begin performances on September 20, 2018, and will officially open on October 18. After that, Lifespan is set to run in a limited engagement of 16 weeks.

The book upon which the play is based is a nonfiction account written by John D’Agata and Jim Fingal in which they detail their experiences investigating the suicide of a Las Vegas teen. Here’s more about the book from Deadline:

In 2003, D’Agata submitted his essay ‘What Happens There’ to Harper’s Magazine, where recent Harvard grad Fingal was assigned to fact-check the piece. Harper’s later pulled the article from publication after Fingal’s research turned up factual errors and inaccuracies.

After seven years of discussion and correspondence between D’Agata and Fingal, the author re-submitted the piece to The Believer magazine. D’Agata and Fingal co-wrote the 2012 book The Lifespan of a Fact about the experience, a book that includes ‘What Happens There’ in full, complete with Fingal’s red-line comments and correspondence with D’Agata.

The book was named Best Book of the Year by the Huffington Post, a Top 10 Most Crucial Book of the year by Slate and an Editor’s Choice by The New York Times Book Review.

In the stage version, Dan is set to play Fingal, while actor Bobby Cannavale will play D’Agata. It has also been revealed that actress Cherry Jones will play Fingal’s boss in the production.

Lifespan was adapted for the stage by Jeremy Kareken, David Murrell, and Gordon Farrell and will open at the Studio 54 theater in New York. The show will be directed by Leigh Silverman, and tickets are set to go on sale June 22 – so be sure to keep checking back for more updates about the show!

Jessica J.

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