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Harry Potter star to bare all

Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe will shed his wizard's robes, scarves and all of his other clothes for the erotic lead role in a stage production of 'Equus.'

india Updated: Aug 05, 2006 19:30 IST

Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe will shed his wizard's robes, scarves and all of his other clothes for the erotic lead role in a stage production of

Equus

.

Radcliffe has signed on the lead role in London's West End production of Peter Shaffer's Equus, a role that will require the 17-year-old star to appear naked onstage.

The actor is set to star as psychologically disturbed stable boy Alan Strang who has an erotic relationship with his horses and blinds six of the animals with a metal spike.

Radcliffe's stage debut also requires him to simulate sexual pleasure while riding naked on a horse, according to the Times newspaper.

The drama, set to open in March next year, chronicles Strang's interviews with a psychiatrist, most likely to be Richard Griffiths, who is cast as Hogwarts wizard's nasty uncle Vernon in the J K Rowling movie adaptations.

The actor however will continue as Harry Potter along with Griffiths who are currently at work filming Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix due to be out next summer.

Equus caused a stir when it was first premiered in London in 1973 and quickly moved to Broadway starred Anthony Hopkins as the psychiatrist. It eventually ran for 1,200 performances, making it one of the Great White Way's most successful plays to date.

In 1977, it was also made into a three-time Academy Award-nominated movie starring Richard Burton as the psychiatrist and Peter Firth as the troubled youth.