Daniel Radcliffe is set to return to London to star in The Old Vic’s new production of Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead which opens next March.
The drama, which also stars Joshua McGuire, is one of the highlights in the theatre’s 2016/7 winter season, announced this week.
The 50th anniversary production of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead heads a season that also includes a new version by Jack Thorne of Woyzeck, starring John Boyega, and Girl From the North Country, written and directed by Conor McPherson, and with the songs of Bob Dylan.
Artistic director Matthew Warchus said: “For almost two hundred years people have come together at The Old Vic to watch and listen to stories.
“Hundreds of thousands of people had their first experience of theatre in this building. Look at this country’s
leading theatre, dance and opera companies and chances are there’s a thread to be found that leads you back to The Old Vic.
“It has been, in many ways, the cradle of British theatre, nurturing the companies, showcasing creative vision and building the audiences that together make our performing arts some of the greatest in the world.
“At The Old Vic we believe that stories are indispensable. That people of every age, from every walk of life and
background, sitting together watching a story unfold has a hugely positive personal, social, political and
“I am proud to be announcing these very different shows at The Old Vic. They round out my second season in which we continue to promote this iconic building as a gateway for as wide a range of people as possible to experience the breadth of what theatre can be and do.”
ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD (Feb 25–Apr 29)
Half a century after its premiere on The Old Vic stage, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, the play that made a young Tom Stoppard’s name overnight, returns to The Old Vic.
Against the backdrop of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, this 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 s tumble 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.
WOYZECK (May 6-Jun 24)
The multi- award winning Jack Thorne breathes new life into Woyzeck. It’s 1980’s Berlin. The Cold War rages and the world sits at a crossroads between Capitalism and Communism.
On the border between East and West, a young soldier and the love of his life are desperately trying to build a better future for their child. But the cost of escaping poverty is high, and its tragic consequences unfold in this searing tale of the people society leaves behind.
GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY (Jul 12–Oct 7)
The world premiere of Girl From the North Country is an electrifying new work from top playwright Conor McPherson along with classic songs from Bob Dylan.
Duluth, Minnesota in the middle of the Great Depression and a family is adrift, their future on a knife edge. Lost and lonely people drifting through the rooms of their guesthouse. But Nick Laine thinks he’s seen a way out…