Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead at Old Vic Theatre tickets
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Overview

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.

Recommended for

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

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 30 mins (including an interval)
Opened: 25 Feb 2017
Press night: 07 Mar 2017
Booking from: 28 Apr 2017
Booking until: 29 Apr 2017

Location and map

Old Vic Theatre
103 The Cut
London, SE1 8NB

106 Reviews Add review

I really liked this play. The play itself was funny, light hearted and different and really well played. The actor playing Guilden... More

fifilou 5"7, 175 reviews, 2 helpful votes

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.

fifilou 5"7, 175 reviews, 2 helpful votes

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead is a funny, intellectual play written by Tom Stoppard. This was the productions 50th annive... More

joc78 5"4, 197 reviews, 2 helpful votes

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!!

joc78 5"4, 197 reviews, 2 helpful votes

eng18 160cm, 4 reviews, 0 helpful votes

eng18 160cm, 4 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Really enjoyed this show. Josh Maguire, Dan Radcliffe and David Haig had such great chemistry and the way they all bounced their l... More

fruube 5'4, 20 reviews, 5 helpful votes

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!

fruube 5'4, 20 reviews, 5 helpful votes

This show is phenomenal. Every single person's performance was amazing, especially Joshua McGuire, Daniel Radcliffe and David Haig... More

elysiabeaumont 9 reviews, 0 helpful votes

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.

elysiabeaumont 9 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Elegant revival of Stoppard's break-through play, beautifully directed and designed. Daniel Radcliffe delivers a nice performance ... More

sondheimkid 170, 130 reviews, 23 helpful votes

Elegant revival of Stoppard's break-through play, beautifully directed and designed. Daniel Radcliffe delivers a nice performance as Rosencrantz, Josua McGuire is a great Guildenstern and a David Haig in top form absolutely steals the show. Highly recommended!

sondheimkid 170, 130 reviews, 23 helpful votes

A double act to rival the greats, Josh McGuire and Daniel Radcliffe bounce off each other wonderfully, bringing humour and lightne... More

nats1602 5"11, 43 reviews, 5 helpful votes

A double act to rival the greats, Josh McGuire and Daniel Radcliffe bounce off each other wonderfully, bringing humour and lightness to this Stoppard play. There's also a delightful turn from David Haig to round-off a top show!

nats1602 5"11, 43 reviews, 5 helpful votes

I enjoyed the performance. Daniel Radcliffe and Joshua McGuire have a genuine rapport and Daniel Radcliffe, Joshua McGuire and Dav... More

kimr 160 cm, 7 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I enjoyed the performance. Daniel Radcliffe and Joshua McGuire have a genuine rapport and Daniel Radcliffe, Joshua McGuire and David Haig were all excellent in their respective roles.

kimr 160 cm, 7 reviews, 0 helpful votes

RomaRadford 5"10, 65 reviews, 1 helpful vote

RomaRadford 5"10, 65 reviews, 1 helpful vote
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