Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead

Daniel Radcliffe and Joshua McGuire are a delightful double act. [Four out of five stars]


Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead

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Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter, The Woman in Black), Joshua McGuire (The Hour) and David Haig (Four Weddings and a Funeral, The Witness for the Prosecution) star in Tom Stoppard’s brilliantly funny situation comedy, broadcast live from The Old Vic theatre in London.

David Leveaux’s new production marks the 50th anniversary of the play that made a young Tom Stoppard’s name overnight.

Against the backdrop of
Hamlet, two hapless minor characters, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, take centre stage. As the young double act stumble their way in and out of the action of Shakespeare’s iconic drama, they become increasingly out of their depth as their version of the story unfolds.
Not Rated
Culture Vulture, Stage, Live Theater, Comedy
David Leveaux
Tom Stoppard
Daniel Radcliffe, Joshua McGuire, David Haig
Susannah Clapp, Guardian

hen as a schoolgirl I saw 'Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead,' the audacity of its unzipping of 'Hamlet' bounced me through its talk of death. As it speaks of extinction, it fizzes with life. But in David Leveaux’s beautifully judged production the brightness is thoroughly veined with melancholy ...

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