"Sprightly comedy"
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-The Daily Mail-

"Strange and charming"
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About the show

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead has returned to the Old Vic to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of its premiere there. This new production is directed by Tom Stoppard’s long-time collaborator David Leveaux and stars Joshua McGuire alongside Hollywood star Daniel Radcliffe, with performances running from 25th February 2016 to 29th April 2017.

This hilarious mind-bending comedy is the play that cemented Tom Stoppard’s name in theatrical history, having first debuted at the Old Vic in April 1967 to huge acclamation, practically making Stoppard a household name overnight.

It is an absurdist, existentialist tragicomedy that details the actions of two of the lesser characters in Shakespeare’s classic tragedy Hamlet. As the titular pair try to decipher what’s going on from the wings, they become increasingly confused by the action that takes place without them, with ingenious hilarity ensuing.

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead is directed by Stoppard’s long-time directorial collaborator David Leveaux, who also directed the Olivier Award nominated The Real Thing, as well as Jumpers and Arcadia.

The play stars Daniel Radcliffe, an actor best known for his tenure as the titular character in the Harry Potter series of blockbuster films. Since then he has had a hugely varied career in both stage and film, which has included plays such as Equus and How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying and films such as The Woman in Black and .

He is joined by Joshua McGuire, and actor best known for his work across stage, TV and film, including Posh, The Magistrate and Future Conditional.

Previews for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead began at the Old Vic on 25th February 2017, with performances running until 29th April 2017.

Who Should See It?

Tom Stoppard is one of the greatest and most prolific dramatists of our generation, having won countless awards and even being knighted for his work. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead offers the perfect opportunity to see one of the man’s greatest plays performed on its original stage, fifty years on. If you’ve seen recent productions of Stoppard’s work such as Rock N’ Roll or Travesties, you should definitely ensure to check out this monumental production.

Playing at

Old Vic Theatre
103 The Cut
Seating Plan

Old Vic Theatre seating plan

Booking period

25th Feb 2017

25th Jun 2018

29th Apr 2017

Running time

2 hours 30 mins (including an interval)


May not be suitable for young children