Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead

Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead

Book - 1999
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Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead is a play which, as it were, takes place in the wings of Hamlet, and finds both humour and poignancy in the situation of the ill-fated attendant lords.

The National Theatre production in April 1967 made Tom Stoppard's reputation virtually overnight. Its wit, stagecraft and verbal verve remain as exhilarating as they were then and the play has become a contemporary classic.

Publisher: London : faber and faber, 1999, c1967.
ISBN: 9780571081820
Branch Call Number: 822.914 Sto
Characteristics: 119 pages


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Mar 06, 2018

This is a humorous but nevertheless intellectual exercise in developing a behind-the-scenes parallel plotline to Hamlet involving two very minor foil characters and so, fittingly, not much happens. It's been many years since I read Stoppard's play, but I'll mention here that there was also a film made of it that was very well done.

JCLAmandaH Sep 20, 2017

A moste excellente Hamlet fanfic for ye olde Shakespeare buffs! This comedic tour-de-force mixes wordplay with swordplay, the existential with the ridiculous, and arrives at something both deeply profound and riotously entertaining. Highly recommended in both print and movie versions! Statement!

kurthallsman Apr 20, 2015

Despite the fact that the two characters are minor figures in Hamlet, they have much more in common with the late 20th C.
Being that the play was written in the late 1960's, they have ultimately a closer connection to Beckett than Shakespeare. A lot of great lines dealing with the human condition, like you would expect when "channeling" Shakespeare.

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