Old Vic Theatre
103 The Cut
London, SE1 8NB
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Opened: 25 Feb 2017
Booking from: 28 Apr 2017
Booking until: 29 Apr 2017
Duration: 2 hours 30 mins (including an interval)
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  • fifilou 5"7 female 175 reviews 2 helpful votes
    80% total rating Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, 1st April 2017
    I really liked this play. The play itself was funny, light hearted and different and really well played. The actor playing Guildenstern (Joshua McGuire) was exceptional and I loved how Radcliffe and McGuire bounced off each other so well. I loved the staging and the use of a curtain to create different spaces, it was simple but so effective. A brilliant translation of this play onto the stage with brilliant casting and staging, set and costume design! Whilst its always good to see new people coming to the theatre, it was a shame that a lot of them where trying to pictures and talked throughout as if this was a cinema, with the girls behind me complaining throughout that they couldn't have popcorn and didn't understand what was happening or why there was no magic.
    This is a restricted view seat as is reflected in the price. The view is clear but you miss the left side of the stage which is used a bit in this production. You also have to lean forward, but when you do you can see most of the stage perfectly. I would sit here again. This seat I feel does give a bit more room as there is a space to the left where a post is. Due to the fact that this is a side seat due to the curvature of the auditorium you have to sit sideways and this added space definitely helps. The seats are comfortable but turning makes it a bit awkward.
    X6 Dress Circle - Old Vic Theatre - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Dress Circle X6
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  • joc78 5"4 female 178 reviews 2 helpful votes
    80% total rating Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, 15th March 2017
    Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead is a funny, intellectual play written by Tom Stoppard. This was the productions 50th anniversary at the Old Vic. Beware though – you HAVE to have a knowledge of the story of Shakespeare’s Hamlet before watching this or else you won’t have a clue what is going on. I found David Haig to be the star out performer here with his witty lyricisms and great one-liners. Daniel Radcliffe was okay as Rosencrantz (or was he Guildenstern?!!) and Joshua McGuire was very good also. As is the case with most West End productions hiring Hollywood actors, the audience was mainly full of Harry Potter fans who were screaming Daniel’s name at the end. I felt I was at a One Direction concert, rather than the theatre!!
    The seat is situated in the back row of the Dress Circle but as it’s only six rows deep you don’t feel very far away from the stage. There is a slim pillar to the left hand side of you which does block some of the stage but you soon get used to it and it obviously depends on what production you see as to how much of your view is impeded. For the price of the ticket, this seat is an absolute steal and one of my favourites in the Old Vic. There is not lots of leg room but the seat is pretty comfortable.
    E11 Dress Circle - Old Vic Theatre - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Dress Circle E11
  • fruube 5'4 female 20 reviews 5 helpful votes
    100% total rating Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, 25th April 2017
    Really enjoyed this show. Josh Maguire, Dan Radcliffe and David Haig had such great chemistry and the way they all bounced their lines off each other was so fun to watch. Definitely helped that I'd seen a very good production of Hamlet only 2 weeks before though!
    Sat in Stalls B12
    Such an amazing seat! The seats themselves are pretty comfortable and the stage is fairly low for this production so nothing is missed even though the stage is unusually deep. The actors spend a lot of time right in front of you which means you feel right in the action.
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    View from Stalls B12
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  • elysiabeaumont 7 reviews 0 helpful votes
    100% total rating Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, 20th April 2017
    This show is phenomenal. Every single person's performance was amazing, especially Joshua McGuire, Daniel Radcliffe and David Haig. The set, lighting and sound also deserve heaps of praise. Everything accumulated to make one of the best pieces of theatre I've seen.
    The seats are quite small, so you are up against the person next to you with no arm rests, and there is very little legroom. However, I think for the price and view that is a very small price to pay, and although there's quite some distance, you can easily see all the action.
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    View from Lilian Baylis Circle G23
The Stalls section at the Old Vic will generally give the best views from seat in the theatre and will generally give good leg room. Beware of pillars in Row Q as well as the overhang towards the back of the stalls. The Dress Circle gives good views, but due to its curved nature can feel quite side-on toward the edge of rows. Support pillars also affect seats towards the ends of row A to E.

The Lilian Baylis Circle is the highest level and often the cheapest, but many of these are restricted view. The ends of these rows feel extremely high and side-on and are on uncomfortable bench style seats with very little leg room. The rear rows are generally less restricted but are quite distant.
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Fifty years after it first premiered there, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead returned to the Old Vic stage in a revival staring Daniel Radcliffe and Joshua McGuire. The show began previews on the 25th February 2017 and ran until 29th April 2017.

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead was the play that instantly turned Tom Stoppard from a budding playwright to one of the most revered dramatists of the 20th century. The play first debuted at the Old Vic on the 11 April 1967, with John Stride as Rosencrantz and Edward Petherbridge as Guildenstern. This new production celebrated the 50th anniversary of the masterpiece returning it once again to the Old Vic stage.

The play is an absurdist, existentialist tragicomedy which often draws comparisons with Samuel Beckett's classic Waiting for Godot. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead focuses on the exploits of two of the minor characters from the William Shakespeare play Hamlet. The play hilariously depicts the off-stage action, with brief intersects with major characters and original scenes as the pair become increasingly confused by the events that happen on stage without them. The play is one of the most brilliant mind-bending iconic dramas to have ever been written.

This version was directed by the acclaimed director, David Leveaux who is known for his previous work with Stoppard that has included Jumpers in 2003, Arcadia in 2009 and The Real Thing in 1999 for which he received an Olivier Award nomination for Best Director.

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead starred Daniel Radcliffe and Joshua McGuire. Daniel Radcliffe is best known for his long time role as Harry Potter in the Hollywood blockbuster series of the same name, since the age of ten. Since then he has starred in a range of hit films including Kill Your Darlings and The Woman In Black as well as popular stage productions such as the West End and Broadways versions of Equus and the New York revival of the musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Joshua McGuire is known for his various roles in film and on stage, including Posh, Future Conditional and The Magistrate.

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead was one of Tom Stoppard’s earliest plays and the one that catapulted him to stage stardom. Since that time he has gone on to win countless awards including an Academy Award and four Tony Awards, as well as being knighted. His work includes acclaimed plays such as Travesties, Arcadia and Rock N’ Roll as well as popular films such as Anna Karenina, Shakespeare in Love and Brazil.

This production of one of Tom Stoppard’s greatest plays was one of the highlights of the Old Vic’s 2017 season and opened to rave reviews on the 7th March 2017, with performances having ran until 29th April 2017.
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead is perfect for any Tom Stoppard fan who has never had a chance to see this, one of his greatest plays, performed. In this monumental 50th anniversary production, it is also the perfect rare opportunity for Daniel Radcliffe fans to see the actor perform on the London stage.

Age Recommendations: May not be suitable for young children