Daniel Radcliffe scoops best actor award for role in Cripple of Inishmaan
Published 24/02/2014 | 10:59
"I am deeply honoured to receive this prestigious award and I accept it on behalf of the whole cast who together helped make this production... a truly joyous experience for me as an actor," BBC reports he told the crowd.
First staged in 1996, the play is a raucously dark take on Irish identity and Daniel stars as Billy Craven, a 17-year-old orphan on the Aran Islands in 1930s Ireland, who sees a chance of escape from a life of boredom and mockery when an American film crew arrives on a neighbouring island to shoot a movie.
Young Billy, who is crippled, is desperate to get a role in the film and escape the tedium of his daily life.
Radcliffe had spoken about his struggle with perfecting an Irish accent for the role.
The actor believed his Irish accent was funnier than the English one.“It’s a fun accent to talk in and the stuff that wouldn’t necessarily be funny in an English accent for some reason is just funnier in an Irish accent,” he said.
The play is set to open at Broadway's Cort Theatre on April 12. All of the original cast, including Patt Shortt who stars as gossip Johnny Pateen Mike, will appear in the New York production.
"I'm so thrilled to receive this,” she said in a recorded acceptance speech. “I'm honoured that it was voted for by the public, that's the most wonderful thing."
David Walliams meanwhile took home Best Supporting Actor for A Midsummer Night's Dream, the evening’s winner in the Best Shakespearean Production category.