Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

by  Tom Stoppard

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  14m, 2f

Acclaimed as a modern dramatic masterpiece, 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

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Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

by  Tom Stoppard

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    14m, 2f
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Tony, From Broadway
  • Suggested Use

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    • Cutting Approved for Competition
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    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13)
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

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Acclaimed as a modern dramatic masterpiece, 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.

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Accolades

  • WINNER! Tony® Award for Best Play
    WINNER! NY Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play

Reviews

"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

"A stimulating, funny, imaginative comedy." - The New York Daily News

Keywords

Death, Friendship, Memory

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

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  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance

Production

Casting

14m, 2f

ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN - a pair of schoolmates and childhood friends of Hamlet

THE PLAYER - a traveling actor

HAMLET - the Prince of Denmark

TRAGEDIANS - traveling with the Player, including Alfred

KING CLAUDIUS - the King of Denmark, Hamlet's uncle and stepfather

GERTRUDE - the Queen of Denmark, and Hamlet's mother

POLONIUS - Claudius's chief adviser

OPHELIA - Polonius's daughter

HORATIO - a friend and schoolmate of Hamlet

FORTINBRAS - the nephew of the King of Norway

SOLDIERS, COURTIERS, AND MUSICIANS


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Casting Notes

Plus 12 extras and 6 musicians

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Authors

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, Jumpers, Travesties, Every Good Boy Deserves ...

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Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead was first staged at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival on August 24, 1966, by the Oxford Theatre Group. It premiered in London at the Old Vic on April 11, 1967.

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