Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead

Rosencrantz & Guildenstern



Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead

July 22*, 23, 24 2010
July 25 at 2pm

By Tom Stoppard

* Pay What You Will Preview limited to 50 audience members

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 reality and illusion intermix, and where fate leads our two heroes to a tragic but inevitable end.

The play opens with the title characters alone on stage, placing bets on the toss of a coin while traveling toward Elsinore, the castle of Danish King Claudius and their childhood friend, Prince Hamlet. Ros & Guild 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.


Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Photos

Production and publicity photographs from the 2010 producton of Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead by Jim Gratiot and Marina Nims.

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MST Presents Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead

RosGuil-photo1Marin Summer Theater (MST) presents the comedy Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead on July 22 23 24 and 25 as the second offering of its 2010 season.  In this comic masterpiece by Tom Stoppard, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Laurel and Hardy like clowns who are thrust into the middle of Shakespeare’s Hamlet.  They don’t know why they are there or what they are supposed to do.  They can’t even keep their own names straight while Hamlet, Ophelia, the players and all of the other characters of Hamlet barge in from all sides.

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Ros. & Guild Character List

Here is the character list for Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead.


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Memorable quotes from Ros & Guil

The Player: We're actors! We're the opposite of people!

Rosencrantz: Life in a box is better than no life at all, I expect. You'd have a chance, at least. You could lie there thinking, "Well. At least I'm not dead.'

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Lecture on Stoppard, Ros and Guil

Click here for a lecture on Tom Stoppard and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead prepared by Ian Johnston of Malaspina University-College, Nanaimom BC, and delivered on April 10, 1997.

Ros and Guild - Works best as a play

In a 1991 review of the film, Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead, Roger Ebert speculates that Ros and Guild works better as a play than as a film. 

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Marin Summer Theater (MST) is an award winning non-profit theater company for students of performing arts between the ages of 13 and 23. The MST company prepares and presents three fully-staged productions in a six-week summer season. MST's mission is threefold: To present exciting, professional quality drama, musical theater and musical revue productions; to keep tuition as low as possible so that cost is not a barrier to participation; to create a diverse company of college and high school students.

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