A round-up of reviews of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.
Trevor Nunn’s new production of Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead has opened at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, following its premiere at the Chichester Festival Theatre.
The play sees Samuel Barnett as Rosencrantz reunite with his fellow History Boys co-star Jamie Parker as Guildenstern, with Chris Andrew Mellon as The Player.
The revival of Tom Stoppard’s 1966 play is directed by Trevor Nunn as part of his season of productions at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.
“Samuel Barnett and Jamie Parker - both graduates from Alan Bennett’s The History Boys – make an endearing if excessively loquacious double-act as Rosencrantz and Guildenstern.”
“Nunn's production not only gets to the play's emotional core, but also artfully distinguishes between the two leads.”
“The really clever thing is the unexpected casting of a highly strung Rosencrantz and a dogged, steady Guildenstern; it's usually the other way round, but Barnett and Parker reverse expectations all the way through, retaining character while seeming to be interchangeable, as others think of them anyway."
“While this production might have benefited from some cuts, it is satisfyingly reflective, succeeding thanks to the appeal of the leads - an inspired casting choice.”
Date: 22 June 2011
Written by: WestEndTheatre
Tags: Jamie Parker, Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead, Samuel Barnett, Theatre Royal Haymarket, Tim Curry, Tom Stoppard, Trevor Nunn