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Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead performing at the Old Vic
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Type of production: Play
Opened: 25 February 2017
Booking until: 06 May 2017
Running time: 2 Hours 30 Mins
Prices: £21.00 - £117.00
Author / playwright: Tom Stoppard
Cast: Daniel Radcliffe , Joshua McGuire
Half a century after its premiere on The Old Vic stage, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead, the play that made a young Tom Stoppard's name overnight, returns to The Old Vic in its 50th anniversary celebratory production.

Against the backdrop of Shakespeare's Hamlet, this mind-bending situation comedy sees two hapless minor characters, Rosencrantz (Daniel Radcliffe) and Guildenstern (Joshua McGuire), take centre stage. Increasingly out of their depth, the young double act stumble their way in and out of the action of this iconic drama. In a literary hall of mirrors, Stoppard's brilliantly funny, existential labyrinth sees us witness the ultimate identity crisis.

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Due to popular demand, The Old Vic has announced that Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead will extend by one week until Saturday 6 May. Tickets are now on sale.

The 50th anniversary production stars Daniel Radcliffe and Joshua McGuire in the title roles, along with David Haig as the Player. It's directed by David Leveaux and designed by Anna Fleischle. It had originally been due to finish a week earlier, having opened on 7 March.

In addition to the extra week of performances, The Old Vic has confirmed two Voices Off events in connection with Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead. Daniel Radcliffe and Joshua McGuire will be in conversation on stage on Tuesday 2 May and The Old Vic hosts The School of Life: How to Face Death on 29 April, a workshop on death and how we might think about this complex topic without experiencing it for ourselves.

As previously announced Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead will also be broadcast live from The Old Vic to cinemas around the UK on 20 April 2017 as part of NT Live.


The Old Vic has confirmed that David Haig will join Daniel Radcliffe and Joshua McGuire in Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead. Further casting has also been announced.

Half a century after its premiere on The Old Vic stage, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, the play that made a young Tom Stoppard's name overnight, returns to The Old Vic in its 50th anniversary celebratory production, running from 25 February to 29 April.

David Haig plays The Player. David's most recent theatre credits include Blue/Orange (Young Vic), Guys & Dolls (Savoy Theatre), and Someone Who'll Watch Over Me at Chichester Festival Theatre. Other theatre credits include The Madness of George III, Mary Poppins, Hitchcock Blonde, Donkey's Years, Art, and Our Country's Good at the Royal Court, for which David won the Olivier Award for Best Actor. Television credits include The Witness for the Prosecution, The Thick Of It, Mo, The 39 Steps, My Boy Jack, Talking Heads and The Thin Blue Line. Film credits include Florence Foster Jenkins and Four Weddings and a Funeral.

Other cast includes Louisa Beadel as a Player (Future Conditional at The Old Vic), William Chubb as Polonius (King Lear at The Old Vic), Luke Mullins as Hamlet (Endgame with the Melbourne Theatre Company, Waiting for Godot at The Barbican Centre), Marianne Oldham as Gertrude (The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas at Chichester Festival Theatre, Sons Without Fathers at The Arcola) and Helena Wilson as Ophelia (Romeo and Juliet, OUDS/Thelma Holt International Tour).


Tickets are now on sale for The Old Vic's 2016-17 season. The 50th anniversary production of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard will open on 7 March 2017, starring Daniel Radcliffe and Joshua McGuire.

The previously announced new version of Woyzeck by Jack Thorne, starring John Boyega, in May will be followed by Girl From the North Country written and directed by Conor McPherson with the songs of Bob Dylan in July. Later in 2017 the Olivier-nominated Dr. Seuss's The Lorax returns by popular demand. The Old Vic is also pleased to announce an exciting additional programme which includes Lates at The Old Vic, One Voice, a series of new-writing monologues, a range of family activities and performances, as well as the on-going Voices Off series of talks, discussions and debates.

Artistic Director Matthew Warchus commented:
"For almost two hundred years people have come together at The Old Vic to watch and listen to stories. Hundreds of thousands of people had their first experience of theatre in this building. Look at this country's leading theatre, dance and opera companies and chances are there's a thread to be found that leads you back to The Old Vic. It has been, in many ways, the cradle of British theatre, nurturing the companies, showcasing creative vision and building the audiences that together make our performing arts some of the greatest in the world.
At The Old Vic we believe that stories are indispensable. That people of every age, from every walk of life and background, sitting together watching a story unfold has a hugely positive personal, social, political and cultural effect.
I am proud to be announcing these very different shows at The Old Vic. They round out my second season in which we continue to promote this iconic building as a gateway for as wide a range of people as possible to experience the breadth of what theatre can be and do."

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