ROSENCRANTZ & GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD
Rosencrantz & Guildenstern inhabit a world completely beyond their comprehension. Unsure of where they are going (and even of who they are and where they come from), they depend upon others to give their lives meaning. While awaiting instructions, they fall back upon games; word play and simple wagers, that rarely achieve their intended goals. Instructed by the King and Queen to "glean what afflicts" poor Hamlet, the boys attempt to cross-examine the prince but end up only more confused. Neither do they have the wit to see their own deaths foretold when the Player and his Tragedians rehearse the melodramatic tragedy, The Murder of Gonzago , which includes the execution of "two smiling accomplices: friends, courtiers & two spies" who accompany a prince to England, only to be betrayed by a purloined letter.
BHTC NOTES: This production was entered into the Brighton & Hove Drama Awards. It was nominated in a number of categories and awarded best back stage crew (see 2010 - 2011 Season History page for photographs).
PLAYWRIGHT: Tom Stoppard. The play is based around the characters in Shakespeare's Hamlet.
ROSENCRANTZ & GUILDENSTERN
Playwright: Tom Stoppard
Directed by: Carolyn Chinn
Production Date: October 2010
Staged: The Theatre, Church Walk, Burgess Hill
BHTC Production Number: 264