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Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead - David Haig joins Daniel Radcliffe and Joshua McGuire

David Haig

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DAVID Haig (as The Player) will join Daniel Radcliffe (Rosencrantz) and Joshua McGuire (Guildenstern) in Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead, which runs at The Old Vic from March 7 (previews from February 25) to April 29, 2017.

Half a century after its premiere on The Old Vic stage, this hugely acclaimed play that made a young Tom Stoppard’s name overnight, returns to The Old Vic in a 50th anniversary celebratory production.

Against the backdrop of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, this mind-bending situation comedy sees two hapless minor characters, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, 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.

Daniel Radcliffe is a stage and screen actor whose most recent work includes the films Now You See Me 2, Swiss Army Man and Imperium, as well as the production of Privacy (Donmar Warehouse on Broadway). His forthcoming work includes Jungle (slated for release in 2017).

His theatre credits include The Cripple of Inishmaan (Noel Coward Theatre and Broadway), How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Broadway) and Equus (Gielgud Theatre and Broadway).

His film work also includes Horns, What If, Kill Your Darlings, The Woman in Black and the eight Harry Potter films. And his television credits include Gamechangers (BBC telefilm), A Young Doctor’s Notebook, Extras and voice work in The Simpsons, Robot Chicken and BoJack Horseman.

Joshua McGuire is an actor whose work spans theatre, television and film. His theatre credits include Future Conditional (The Old Vic), The Ruling Class (Trafalgar Studios), Amadeus (Chichester), Privacy (Donmar Warehouse), The Magistrate (National Theatre), Posh (Royal Court and West End), 66 Books (Bush Theatre), Hamlet (Shakespeare’s Globe) and Hay Fever (Rose Theatre Kingston).

His screen work includes Old Boys (2017), Claudio in The Complete Walk: Measure for Measure, Bees Make Honey, Cinderella, Mr Turner, Get Santa and About Time (film); Lovesick series 1 and 2, which is currently on Netflix, Love, Nina, Siblings, You, Me and Them, A Young Doctor’s Notebook, The Hour and Misfits (TV).

David Haig’s most recent theatre credits include Blue/Orange (Young Vic), Guys & Dolls (Savoy Theatre, Olivier Award nomination), and Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me (Chichester Festival Theatre) where previous credits include Pressure which was also written by Haig and Yes, Prime Minister, which transferred to the West End.

His other theatre credits include The Madness of George III (Theatre Royal Bath/West End, Olivier Award nomination), Mary Poppins (Prince Edward Theatre, Olivier Award nomination), Hitchcock Blonde (Royal Court/West End), Donkey’s Years (Comedy Theatre, Olivier Award Nomination), Art (Wyndham’s Theatre/Broadway) and Our Country’s Good (Royal Court, for which he won the Olivier Award for Best Actor).

His screen credits include The Witness for the Prosecution, The Thick Of It, Mo, The 39 Steps, My Boy Jack, Talking Heads and The Thin Blue Line (TV); Florence Foster Jenkins and Four Weddings and a Funeral (film).

Joining them in Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead are Louisa Beadel as a Player (Future Conditional, The Old Vic), William Chubb as Polonius (King Lear, The Old Vic), Luke Mullins as Hamlet (Endgame, Melbourne Theatre Company, Waiting for Godot, Barbican Centre), Marianne Oldham as Gertrude (The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, Chichester Festival Theatre, Sons Without Fathers, The Arcola) and Helena Wilson as Ophelia (Romeo and Juliet, OUDS/Thelma Holt International Tour).

Tom Stoppard’s most recent play is The Hard Problem. His other plays include The Real Inspector Hound, After Magritte, Jumpers, Travesties, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour (with André Previn), Dirty Linen, New-Found-Land Dogg’s Hamlet, Cahoot’s Macbeth, Night and Day, The Real Thing, Hapgood, Arcadia, Indian Ink, The Invention of Love, The Coast of Utopia and Rock ’n’ Roll. As well as screenplays, he has also written for television and radio.

Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead is directed by award-winning director David Leveaux, who has worked extensively in London and on Broadway. He recently completed his first feature film, The Exception (2016) and recent work includes directing Plenty for the Public Theatre, New York.

Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead is designed by Anna Fleischle, with lighting by Howard Harrison and sound by Fergus O’Hare. Composer is Corin Buckeridge.

Captioned Performance: Thursday, April 6 at 7.30pm.

Audio Described Performance: Tuesday, April 4 at 7.30pm, touch tour 6pm.

For more information or to book tickets, call the box office on 0844 871 76 or visit www.oldvictheatre.com/.

Art, starring Tim Key, Paul Ritter and Rufus Sewell, continues at The Old Vic until February 18, 2017.