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Broadway calling as delighted Irish stars share spotlight with 'Harry Potter' star

Kirsty Blake Knox

Published 27/01/2014 | 02:30

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THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN
by  McDONAGH,          , Writer - Martin McDonagh, Director - Michael Grandage, Designer - Christopher Oram, Lighting- Paule Constable,  Michael Grandage Company, Noel Coward Theatre,  2013, Credit: Johan Persson PICTURED L to R Pat Shortt and Daniel Radcliffe
Pat Shortt and Daniel Radcliffe
THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN
by  McDONAGH,          , Writer - Martin McDonagh, Director - Michael Grandage, Designer - Christopher Oram, Lighting- Paule Constable,  Michael Grandage Company, Noel Coward Theatre,  2013, Credit: Johan Persson
PICTURED L - R  Irish actress Sarah Greene and Conor MacNeill
Sarah Greene and Conor MacNeill

YOUNG Irish actress Sarah Greene is delighted to be destined for Broadway, along with 'Harry Potter' star Daniel Radcliffe and comedian Pat Shortt.

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They will be starring in Martin McDonagh's hugely successful production of 'The Cripple of Inishmaan', which enjoyed a sell-out run at London's Noel Coward Theatre last year.

SURREAL

"It's a bit surreal at the moment," Sarah told the Irish Independent, with the play set to open at Broadway's Cort Theatre on April 12. "But I'm over the moon."

All of the original cast, including Shortt who stars as gossip Johnny Pateen Mike, will appear in the New York production.

"I said to Pat, 'I can't believe us two country muckers are going over to Broadway'," she said. "It's so unusual to have all the same actors available for the same production. I've always wanted to live in New York, so working there for three months will be great."

Sarah plays Radcliffe's love interest, 'Slippy' Helen McCormick. Set in the 1930s, the story focuses on a small community shaken by the news that a Hollywood movie is filming nearby.

Young Billy, played by Radcliffe, who is crippled, is desperate to get a role in the film and escape the tedium of his daily life.

Radcliffe has previously appeared on Broadway in 2008 in 'Equus' and in the 2011 revival of 'How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying'.

"He's very earnest and extremely hard-working; he arrived at the first day of rehearsals with all his lines learnt off," she said.

"And he was filming 'A Young Doctor's Notebook' with Jon Hamm while he was on stage. He was up at 5am filming every morning and on stage every night."

But Sarah says it took some time getting used to 'Harry Potter' fans. "You could hear girls crying in the audience when I was mean to Dan and there was always a crowd outside the stage door waiting to meet him."

Actors Ian McKellan and Patrick Stewart are currently performing at the Cort Theatre in Pinter's 'No Man Land' and Beckett's 'Waiting for Godot'. "It's amazing knowing they are on stage there – keeping it warm for us."

Cork native Sarah will also appear as Christina Noble in the upcoming biopic of the charity campaigner's life 'Noble'.

"It was a very harrowing experience and a huge responsibility to play someone who has achieved so much."

Directed by Stephen Bradley, the movie was shot in Vietnam, with Deirdre O'Kane playing the more mature Christina.

Irish Independent

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