Is Shakespeare Next for Daniel Radcliffe?

If you’re counting down the days until Daniel Radcliffe’s latest West End Production, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, comes to National Theatre Live, we’ve got good news – you can already get a glimpse of Radcliffe in the role of Rosencrantz!

Check it out:

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You can see more photos from the show here.

Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead is famously based on two minor characters from Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Since Radcliffe has by now become a frequent presence on stage, many are wondering if he’ll tackle the Bard next. In a recent interview, Radcliffe indicated that he hasn’t ruled it out:

I’m keen to do a really good production of Shakespeare. My knowledge of Shakespeare is pretty limited, especially in this company…I don’t want to fall into that thing that there are certain parts male actors should do — I never want to be feeling, ‘Oh, I want to do that role just so I can tick it off a list’. There has to be something about the role or production that feels that I can bring something to it that people won’t have seen with Hamlet.

In the same interview, Radcliffe also notes how much he enjoys working with co-star Joshua McGuire, as well as the bizarre feeling of having playwright Tom Stoppard sit in on rehearsals:

I think it’s probably impossible, as it is for most people, to realise the effect they have on a group of people because he’s just him his whole life, whereas I think it definitely took a couple of days to just get over the weird out of body experience of watching yourself do the lines and then going, [‘]you’re doing Tom Stoppard’s lines for and in front of Tom Stoppard.[‘]

Which Shakespearean role would you love to see Radcliffe tackle?

Jessica J.

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