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Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

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Closed April 29, 2017

"Radcliffe is perfectly matched by Joshua McGuire in a nimble high-wire act that balances quickfire humour with a poignant awareness of death"

The Guardian

Why See Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead?

The Tom Stoppard masterpiece returns to London

Tom Stoppard's existentialist play returns to the Old Vic in 2017 to celebrate 50 years since its world premiere! Daniel Radcliffe stars alongside Joshua McGuire as the baffling duo with David Haig as The Player. Set against the background of Hamlet, two minor characters from the Bard's original play provide the focus and a comic twist to the original grim proceedings. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern find themselves in an impossible situation as art and real life combine with explosive consequences.

Hamlet from another perspective!

A story within a story, the action takes place during the staging of Hamlet; however, our hapless heroes are actually the centre of the action and focus; Hamlet himself is only a small character in this story - a mirror image of the play, they only appear to us when Hamlet is on-stage (or off, in our case). Whereas In Hamlet, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are unwitting pawns used by the King to manipulate Hamlet and murder him; however Hamlet manages to outsmart the two, so that in an ironic twist, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are the ones who wind up executed.

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Dates

Previews from: 25 February 2017

Opening night: 7 March 2017

Audience

Suitable for ages 12+

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Cast

Daniel Radcliffe as Rosencrantz
Joshua McGuire as Guildenstern
David Haig as The Player
William Chubb as Polonius
Luke Mullins as Hamlet
Marianne Oldham as Gertrude
Helena Wilson as Ophelia
Hermeilio Miguel Aquino as Courtier
Louisa Beadel as a Player
Josie Dunn as a Player
Matthew Durkan as a Player
Wil Johnson as Claudius
Theo Ogundipe as Horatio
Evlyne Oyedokun as a Player
Alex Sawyer as a Player
Tim van Eyken as Laertes/ Player.

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Written by Tom Stoppard

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DREAMY stoppard Drama

A capable 50th anniversary production

​It's hard to believe that Tom Stoppard was just 19 when he composed this sometimes poignant, sometimes hilarious and always exceedingly clever play.

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