Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

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Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  2f, 13m

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
by Tom Stoppard

Acclaimed as a modern dramatic masterpiece, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead expands upon the exploits of two minor characters from Shakespeare's Hamlet.  

Photography by Tristram Kenton

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    2f, 13m
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Period
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Adult, Senior, Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13), Teen (Age 14 - 18)
Accolades
Accolades
  • Winner! Tony® Award for Best Play
    Winner! NY Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play
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Summary

Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead is the fabulously inventive tale of Hamlet as told from the worm's-eye view of the bewildered Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, two minor characters in Shakespeare's play. In Tom Stoppard's best-known work, this Shakespearean Laurel and Hardy finally get a chance to take the lead role, but do so in a world where echoes of Waiting for Godot resound, where reality and illusion intermix, and where fate leads our two heroes to a tragic but inevitable end.



Cast Attributes
  • Expandable casting
  • Flexible casting
  • Time Period 16th Century / Elizabethan
  • Setting Unit setting
  • Features Period Costumes

Media

"Very funny, very brilliant, very chilling; it has the dust of thought about it and the particles glitter excitingly in the theatrical air." - The New York Times

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  • Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

    Credit: Tristram Kenton

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Tom Stoppard

Tom Stoppard’s most recent play, The Hard Problem, opened at the National Theatre in 2015. He wrote his first play, Enter a Free Man, whilst working as a journalist in Bristol. His plays include Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead, The Real Inspector Hound, After Magritte, ...

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