Daniel Radcliffe Will Star in a Play About Privacy — that Encourages Audience Cell Phone Use


New York’s Public Theater is no stranger to fame. Even as an Off Broadway company, the theater has experienced enormous success and has had a wide variety of big name stars light up their stage. Just last fall, the company had Lupita Nyong’o starring in Eclipsed, and two years ago Anne Hathaway made her mark in Grounded. And, lest we forget, the smash hit Hamilton, the indisputable Broadway-spectacular-of-the-moment, made its debut there, and the theater’s debut production in its current venue in 1967 was also the debut production of the musical HAIR.

Now, the Public Theater is gearing up to welcome its newest high-profile star to the stage with a production of a brand new play. Daniel Radcliffe — who has made an extremely solid name for himself beyond film in the field of live theater — will star in Privacy, a new play that was written by James Graham (of Finding Neverland ).

According to Variety , Privacy will take a look at, well, privacy, in the digital era. The play will focus on a “lonely guy,” played by Daniel Radcliffe, and will use his life (and the digital trail he leaves) as the lens through which to examine the now somewhat elusive concept of privacy. Said concept also entails a bit of audience participation that’s not often granted at the theater: BBC notes that the play “encourages audiences to submit data from their mobile phones during the performance.”

The play will be directed by Josie Rourke, who acts as the creative director at the London-based Donmar Warehouse. Privacy will also serve as the first collaboration between The Public Theater and Donmar Warehouse. De’Adre Aziza, Rachel Dratch, Reg Rogers, Raffi Barsounian, and Michael Countryman will all support Radcliffe in the play.

Privacy is scheduled to run on Broadway this summer from July 5 through August 7.