Broadway’s “The Lifespan of a Fact”, Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Begins Performances September 20

Dig your hands deep into your pockets, because The Lifespan of a Fact is opening on Broadway this month. Starting its previews on September 20 and starring Daniel Radcliffe, among others, this show is one you don’t want to miss.

The Lifespan of a Fact is written by Jeremy Kareken, David Marvel, and Gordon Farrell and is based on the book of the same name. The story covers a seven-year debate that took place between essayist John D’Agata and Jim Fingal. Fingal, who was a fact-checker for Harper’s Magazine, found multiple inaccuracies in D’Agata’s essay “What Happens There,” which told the provocative true story about the suicide of a Las Vegas teen named Levi Presley. This sparked a lengthy discussion between Fingal and D’Agata on the blurred lines of what passes for truth in literary non-fiction. After seven years, the two could finally strike up a correspondence about the piece, which eventually resulted in its publication. The pair wrote about the experience in their 2012 book, The Lifespan of a Fact, on which the play is based. This surely raises some curiosity as to what the Broadway production will be like. It definitely looks promising, with Tony-nominated director Leigh Silverman directing the world premiere, which, alongside Daniel Radcliffe (as Jim Fingal), stars Cherry Jones (as Emily Penrose) and Bobby Cannavale (as John D’Agata).

The official opening night for The Lifespan of a Fact takes place on October 20. If you want to see this one, you better grab your tickets fast, since the production will only be playing a limited 16-week engagement at Studio 54 on Broadway. You can get your tickets here.


Daniel Radcliffe will also be appearing as a guest on Jimmy Fallon next week on Wednesday, September 16, shortly before The Lifespan of a Fact premieres on Broadway. Radcliffe will be interviewed alongside Gilmore Girls actor Matt Czuchry, while singer Teyana Taylor will also be making an appearance, closing the show with a musical performance.

You can watch a clip of Dan talking about The Lifespan of a Fact and his love for stage acting below.


Marica Laing

Growing up, I was a massive fan of Harry Potter and my love for the stories grew as I got older. It’s no surprise then that I love writing about all things Potter related. When I’m not writing about all the magic, you’ll find me reading (probably something Harry Potter related), listening to music, or writing some songs.