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NT LIVE: Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead
Thu, 20th April, 2017 @ 19:00pm - 21:45pm£7 - £18
★★★★ ‘Daniel Radcliffe and Joshua McGuire are a delightful double act’. Daily Telegraph
★★★★ ‘Fantastically light on its feet’. Independent
★★★★ ‘Fizzes with life ‘Observer
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.
★★★★ ‘ Radcliffe… really is very good, a beautifully pitched arsenal of vacant stares, uncomprehending looks and beatific smiles, occasionally boiling over to high panic. He is a wonderful counterweight to the febrile, twitchy McGuire, and does something similar for David Haig’s Player King, a travelling actor played like Jack Sparrow’s sinister brother by the reliably brilliant stage veteran’ Timeout
★★★★”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, surrounded by a hangdog, pierrot-faced entourage.” The Telegraph
★★★★”In the wrong hands, the existential angst and in-jokiness could become tedious. But Leveaux’s cast serve the high-brow antics and music-hall larks, the nods to Beckett and the hints of Beyond the Fringe brilliantly.” The Telegraph