Poor Daniel Radcliffe. No matter how many films and plays he’s in (and he’s been in a lot, with three movies and an off-Broadway production in 2016 alone), he can’t get away from questions about a certain pesky wizard.
As you’ll see in the clip below, his next role is no exception. Later this month he’ll start a run in London’s West End as one of the titular characters of Tom Stoppard‘s classic 1967 play Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.
The play focusses on Hamlet’s childhood friends, two minor figures in Shakespeare‘s famous tragedy who are given the tough task of cheering up the gloomy prince, and then (400-year-old spoiler alert!) die in mysterious circumstances. In Stoppard’s comedy, however, they take center stage — while Hamlet struts his stuff and frets in the wings.
The new production marks 50 years since the play was first performed at the Edinburgh Festival, and will see Daniel play Rosencrantz, a simple-minded courtier who gets caught up in the intrigue surrounding the Danish court.
Playing his best buddy, Guildenstern, is Joshua McGuire, whom fans of BBC America’s The Hour may recognize as Isaac Wengrow, the assistant to Ben Whishaw‘s character Freddie.
Daniel and Josh go way back, having worked together in A Young Doctor’s Notebook, and playing the same role in the New York and London productions of Privacy, a new play by James Graham that examines the digital footprint all of us are leaving online.
In an interview with Digital Spy, Josh admits this has led to a “married couple vibe” between the two actors. But it wasn’t until they sat down with WhatsOnStage alongside co-star David Haig, the British character actor forever engrained in our collective consciousness as the rather — ahem — keen bridegroom who leaves Hugh Grant in an embarrassing spot in Four Weddings and a Funeral, that we saw it in action.
All three discuss working together on the play, before the interviewer asks the inevitable question: With Harry Potter and the Cursed Child playing to packed-out audiences just a short walk up the road, will Daniel finally go to see it?
Watch for his answer:
Hmm. Perhaps Josh’s review will convince him it’s worth the effort.
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead opens at the Old Vic theater in London on 25 February and lasts until 29 April.
If you can’t afford the flight, though, don’t panic. The play is due to be broadcast live to movie theaters in the U.K. on 20 April, and, if the recent box office-busting production of Hamlet starring Benedict Cumberbatch is anything to go by, that’ll be extended to international theaters in the very near future.
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