DEATH BECOMES HIM
In between Dementor attacks and Voldemort doing his worst, Daniel Radcliffe is no stranger to facing down death.
Now, Athens audiences have an exciting chance to see the Harry Potter star “up close and intimate” in Tom Stoppard’s “Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead” – an absurdist Shakespearean spin-off that primarily concerns itself with the inevitability of death.
The enduringly-popular piece will be broadcast live from the Old Vic in London, at the Megaron on Thursday, April 20 (in collaboration with the British Embassy and the British Council of Athens). David Leveaux’s well-received new production marks the 50th anniversary of the philosophical comedy that made a young Tom Stoppard’s name overnight.
Against the backdrop of Hamlet, two hapless minor characters, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, take centre stage. As the young double act stumble and bumble their way in and out of the action of Shakespeare’s iconic drama, they become increasingly out of their depth as their version of the story unfolds.
Despite its half-century innings, London reviews have praised the fact that Stoppard’s play still feels sprightly and alive – even with its morbid preoccupation.
Playing opposite Radcliffe’s bearded and panic-prone Rosencrantz is Joshua McGuire (The Hour) as the clean-shaven, loquacious optimist Guildenstern. The sharply-contrasted pairing helps Stoppard’s timeless wit to bubble up through the echoes of Beckett.
“Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are uncertain of their past, puzzled by the present and blind as to the future,” wrote the Guardian. “But if the play still works, it is because Stoppard strikes an astonishing balance between cross-talk comedy and poignant awareness of mortality.”
In the tradition of all successful comedy duos, Radcliffe and McGuire pass the ball like premiership league pros in this intriguing “inside-out” play (think Morecambe and Wise, who were once mooted for the roles).
Said the Guardian:
“What impresses is the high-wire act that Stoppard undertakes. At any moment you feel the idea of building a whole play around two peripheral figures caught up in events at Elsinore could easily fall apart. But they form a classic double-act whose quickfire exchanges disguise the fact they are both struggling to find identity and purpose in a world that makes little sense.”
Read the full review HERE:
See “Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead”, (English with English sub-titles) on Thursday, April 20, at 9pm, at the Megaron. Tickets are €15 (€8 reduced). To book tickets, visit www.megaron.gr or click HERE:
Insider Weekly, April 12, 2017.