Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
by Tom Stoppard
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, often referred to as just Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, is an absurdist, existential tragicomedy by Tom Stoppard, first staged at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 1966. The play expands upon the exploits of two minor characters from Shakespeare's Hamlet, the courtiers Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. The main setting is Denmark.
The action of Stoppard's play takes place mainly "in the wings" of Shakespeare's, with brief appearances of major characters from Hamlet who enact fragments of the original's scenes. Between these episodes the two protagonists voice their confusion at the progress of events occurring onstage without them in Hamlet, of which they have no direct knowledge.
Comparisons have also been drawn with Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot, for the presence of two central characters who almost appear to be two halves of a single character. Many plot features are similar as well: the characters pass time by playing Questions, impersonating other characters, and interrupting each other or remaining silent for long periods of time.
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead MTC - Nick Lathouris, David Cameron, Frederick Parslow, Ian Suddards, Warwick Comber, Michael Edgar, Roger Oakley, James Shaw, John Walton, Sally Cahill, Simon Chilvers, June Jago, Jonathan Hardy, Gary Day
Director - Bruce Myles
Designer - MTC Design Team
Lighting - Jamie Lewis
Costumes - Peter Corrigan
Playbill / Program Date Jun 1980 Athenaeum Theatre
Size 115 x 215 mm
Condition: Used Good 8/10
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