Daniel Radcliffe in Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead at Haverhill Arts Centre

PUBLISHED: 13:48 21 April 2017 | UPDATED: 13:50 21 April 2017

Rosencrantz and Guilldenstern is being broadcast live

Rosencrantz and Guilldenstern is being broadcast live

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Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Joshua McGuire and David Haig, the play that made the young playwright Tom Stoppard’s name overnight, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead will be shown at Haverhill Arts Centre on Sunday, May 7.

Filmed at their performance at London’s Old Vic, we see two minor characters in Shakespeare’s Hamlet who suddenly have a play just dedicated to them.

They are the ultimate hapless humans, swept away on the tide of events. A classic line from the play is: “There must have been a time, in the beginning when we could have said no.”

It’s funny and it’s witty and it has an interesting insight into the psyche of an actor. One of the travelling players explains what it is like not having an audience: “Don’t you see? We’re actors — we’re the opposite of people!”

He says if no one is there “We can’t look each other in the face. You don’t understand the humiliation of it — to be tricked out of the single assumption which makes our existence viable — that somebody is watching. Think, in your head, now, think of the most private, secret, intimate thing you have ever done secure in the knowledge of its privacy! Are you thinking of it? Well, I saw you do it!” That’s how actors feel when they have no audience. 7pm. Tickets, £16, £13.50 and £10.50 from 01440 714140 or www.haverhillartscentre.co.uk

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