Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead


Daniel Radcliffe returns to the London stage in a new production of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. 50 years after its premiere at the Old Vic Theatre, Tom Stoppard’s Tony Award winning play returns to the same theatre for an anniversary celebration, directed by David Leveaux. Radcliffe takes on the role of Rosencrantz with Joshua McGuire as Guildenstern.
The celebrated play focuses on two minor characters from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, offering the audience the opportunity to see that story from another point of view.
Set “in the wings” of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, this mind-bending tragicomedy centres on Rosencrantz and Guildenstern and the role they play in Hamlet’s story. Childhood friends of the prince, our hapless heroes find themselves out of their depth in Hamlet’s world, stumbling their way in and out of the main plot. Stoppard’s play is a literary hall of mirrors, an existential labyrinth of a crisis of identity all told with his unique expertise in blending comedy with tragedy.

 

From Saturday February 25 2017 –  Until Saturday April 29 2017

The Old Vic

Established in 1818 as the Royal Coburg Theatre, and renamed in 1833 the Royal Victoria Theatre, in 1871 it was rebuilt and reopened as the Royal Victoria Palace. It was taken over by Emma Cons in 1880 and formally named the Royal Victoria Hall, although by this time it was already known as the “Old Vic”. In 1898, a niece of Cons, Lilian Baylis assumed management and began a series of Shakespeare productions in 1914. The building was damaged in 1940 during air raids and it became a Grade II* listed building in 1951 after it reopened.
It was also the name of a repertory company that was based at the theatre and formed the core of the National Theatre of Great Britain on its formation in 1963, under Laurence Olivier. The National Theatre remained at the Old Vic until new premises were constructed on the South Bank, opening in 1976. The Old Vic then became the home of Prospect Theatre Company, at that time a highly successful touring company which staged such acclaimed productions as Derek Jacobi’s Hamlet. However, with the withdrawal of funding for the company by the Arts Council of Great Britain in 1980 for breaching its touring obligations, Prospect disbanded in 1981. The theatre underwent complete refurbishment in 1985. In 2003, Kevin Spacey was appointed as new artistic director of the Old Vic Theatre Company which received considerable media attention. In 2015, Matthew Warchus succeeded Spacey as artistic director.
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