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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.



Genre:  Drama

Playwright:  Tom Stoppard

Directed by: Carolyn Chinn

Production Date:  October 2010

Group:  BHTC

Staged: The Theatre, Church Walk, Burgess Hill

BHTC Production Number: 264


Assistant Director

Set Designer

Set Construction

Stage Manager

Stage Crew

Lighting & Sound




Procurement of Props


Composer of Tragedian's Tune

Publicity Manager

Poster & Programme Design

Box Office & Front of House Management

Brighton & Hove Drama Award Contacts

Cherry Woodhouse 

Peter Forester 

Peter Forester, Andy Squires & Greg Sherman 

Phil Laybourne 

John Arnold, Laurie Moody, & Dean Bridger 

Steve Pavey

Carolyn Chinn 

Donna Wakeford & Jackie Davis, with guidance from Pamela Skilton 

Pauline Childs 

Peter Forester, Cherry Woodhouse & Carolyn Chinn 

Jacky Hilary 

Richard Light 

Peter Gooding 

David Abbott 

Rosalind Wood 

Samantha Payne & Peter Gooding 



Cast in Character

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