NT LIVE: Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead
Daniel Radcliffe, Joshua McGuire & David Haig
Director: David Leveaux
Running Time: 165 minutes
Certificate: non - live broadcast; no certificate
BROADCAST LIVE FROM THE OLD VIC
Part I: 19:10
Part II: 20:55
Finish: 21:45 approx.
"David Leveaux’s production canters along and takes delight in both the wordplay and the metatheatrical business, which runs through it. Daniel Radcliffe and Joshua McGuire make a fine double act"
- Ian Shuttleworth, Financial Times
"This brilliant 50th anniversary revival is terrifically well-judged in all departments. Anna Fleischle has come up with the stage design of the year, Joshua McGuire is stunningly funny and the show is fantastically light on its feet, combining moments of weird beauty and sublime silliness"
- Paul Taylor, The Independent
"The pacing is fleet, the timing slick, and memorable moments are in sufficiently plentiful supply. David Haig deserves a special mention as the Player, a scene-stealing combination of obsessive old-stager, cockney wheeler-dealer, pimp and pirate"
- Dominic Cavendish, The Telegraph
"As the straight man, gentle but haunted Rosencrantz, Daniel Radcliffe excels, giving a careful, restrained performance - the very opposite of an ego trip. The play remains strange and charming, always clever and sometimes soulful"
- Henry Hitchings, Evening Standard
"Daniel Radcliffe and Joshua McGuire become a perfectly blended comedy double act. This 50th anniversary revival of Tom Stoppard’s play remains an audacious, hilarious riff on Hamlet"
- Mark Shenton, The Stage
"Daniel Radcliffe is perfectly matched by Joshua McGuire in a nimble high-wire act. Tom Stoppard’s philosophical comedy still shines brightly and David Leveaux’s production is nimble and inventive. Good as Radcliffe and McGuire are, it is David Haig who comes close to stealing the evening"
- Michael Billington, The Guardian
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.
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