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In rehearsal: Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead

Published 9 February 2017

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.

These rehearsal pictures show its all-star cast in action with the text for the first time, with former Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe co-starring with similarly acclaimed stage and screen actors Joshua McGuire and David Haig, as well as a fine ensemble cast.

Against the backdrop of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the 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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