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Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

by Tom Stoppard
directed by Matt Beresford

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

The curtain opens on two Elizabethans spinning coins. We're not sure who they are, where they are or even when they are....but then again, neither are they!

Stoppard's opening scene sets the tone of this extraordinary play. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead takes place in the 'wings' of Hamlet and finds comedy, poignancy, poetry (and a little philosophy!) in the situation of the doomed attendant lords.

It certainly offers something for everyone. Those who know Hamlet will enjoy seeing it from a different angle, as Ros and Guil grapple with their instructions and try to keep pace with events. Fans of Beckett will appreciate the parallels with Godot, whilst amateur philosophers will love Ros and Guil's contemplation of life's inconsistencies and curiosities.

For those who enjoy reflecting on where reality stops and illusion begins, or questioning the boundary between actor and audience, Stoppard certainly doesn't disappoint. Most of all, if you enjoy circular arguments, cross-talk, absurdity, misunderstandings, bickering, comedy, farce and a bit of bawdiness, you'll love the first play of the RSS 2010 season.

I have an excellent RSS stalwart (Ben Best) and a terrific new talent (Patrick Toms) in the title roles. Both have risen brilliantly to the challenge of these enormous and complex parts. Derek Stringer supports as a fantastic Player - sardonic, acerbic and indomitable. They are joined by a group of fine Shakespearean actors and a group of comic travelling Tragedians to complete the ensemble. We hope you can join us!

Saturday 30 January to Saturday 6 February 2010
Performances at 7.45p.m. except for Sunday 31st January 4p.m.
There is also a matinee at 3p.m. on Saturday 6th February. No performance Wednesday 3rd February.

Please enquire of the Box Office before booking tickets as to the extent of the provision available at the Mary Wallace Theatre for those with disabilities.

Other past productions

  1. Richard II - William Shakespeare
  2. Kindertransport - Diane Samuels
  3. The Tempest - William Shakespeare
  4. The Death of Miss Gloria Starr - Devised by the cast
  5. Metamorphosis - Steven Berkoff, from the classic story by Franz Kafka
  6. The Seagull - Anton Chekhov, in a new version by Torben Betts
  7. The History of Cardenio - William Shakespeare, John Fletcher and Gary Taylor
  8. The Snow Dragons - Lizzie Nunnery
  9. The Weir - Conor McPherson
  10. Oh! What a Lovely War - Joan Littlewood and the Theatre Workshop
  11. The Merchant of Venice - William Shakespeare
  12. Tom and Viv - Michael Hastings
  13. As You Like It - William Shakespeare
  14. Toad of Toad Hall - A. A. Milne - A play from Kenneth Grahame’s book ‘The Wind in the Willows’ Music by H Fraser-Simson
  15. Collaborators - John Hodge
  16. Boeing-Boeing - Marc Camoletti translated by Beverly Cross and Francis Evans
  17. We Are Three Sisters - Blake Morrison
  18. THE ADVENTURES OF PINOCCHIO - Lee Hall from Carlo Collodi’s original tale
  19. The White Devil - John Webster
  20. The Adventures of Dick Whittington and his Cat - Dickon Williamson
  21. King Lear - William Shakespeare
  22. The Taming of the Shrew - William Shakespeare
  23. Coraline - from the novel by Neil Gaiman
  24. Night Must Fall - Emlyn Williams
  25. All’s Well that Ends Well - William Shakespeare
  26. The Government Inspector - Nikolai Gogol, adapted by D. J. Campbell
  27. Uncle Vanya - Anton Chekhov, in a version by Christopher Hampton
  28. Egad! The Woman in White - Tim Kelly
  29. Monstrous Regiment - Terry Pratchett, adapted by Stephen Briggs
  30. Master Shakeshafte - Peter Parkinson
  31. Love’s Labour’s Lost - William Shakespeare
  32. Haroun and the Sea of Stories - Salman Rushdie, Tim Supple and David Tushingham
  33. From These Green Heights - Dermot Bolger
  34. Othello - William Shakespeare
  35. Blood Wedding (Youth Theatre) - Federico García Lorca - Translation by Gwynne Edwards
  36. The Chalk Garden - Enid Bagnold
  37. A Tender Thing - Ben Power
  38. The Importance of Being Earnest - Oscar Wilde
  39. Julius Caesar - William Shakespeare
  40. Educating Rita - Willy Russell
  41. The Merry Wives of Windsor - William Shakespeare
  42. Robin Hood - David Barrett
  43. Double Bill: Leonardo’s Last Supper and Laughter (Part II) - Peter Barnes
  44. Designs on Ladies - Georges Feydeau, translated by David King, adapted by Rodney Figaro
  45. Rhinoceros - Eugene Ionesco, translated by Martin Crimp
  46. Once in a Lifetime - Moss Hart & George S Kaufman
  47. The Deep Blue Sea - Terence Rattigan
  48. Dracula - Liz Lochhead adapted from Bram Stoker's novel
  49. Henry VIII or All is True (staged reading) - William Shakespeare & John Fletcher
  50. The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society Murder Mystery - David McGillivray and Walter Zerlin jr.
  51. Romeo and Juliet - William Shakespeare
  52. Around The World in 8 Plays - Patrick Greene and Jason Pizzarello
  53. In the Club - Richard Bean
  54. Measure for Measure - William Shakespeare
  55. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens, adapted by Jo Clifford
  56. Peter Pan - JM Barrie (John Caird and Trevor Nunn)
  57. Taking Sides - Ronald Harwood
  58. Aladdin - John Crocker - Music & Lyrics by Eric Gilder
  59. Little Gem - Elaine Murphy
  60. Vita & Virginia - Eileen Atkins
    adapted from correspondence between Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West
  61. Twelfth Night - William Shakespeare
  62. Tom Paine - Paul Foster
  63. Youth Theatre Double Bill - Will Averill: Cinderella: Or How Pipsqueak the Mouse Became a Stallion. 'Crinkley Bottom............' was devised in-house
  64. Gormenghast - John Constable adapted from the novel by Mervyn Peake
  65. This Story of Yours - John Hopkins
  66. King John - William Shakespeare
  67. Pygmalion - Bernard Shaw
  68. Fallen Angels - Noel Coward
  69. A Month in the Country - Ivan Turgenev - adapted into English by Emlyn Williams
  70. Glengarry Glen Ross - David Mamet
  71. A Midsummer Night’s Dream - William Shakespeare
  72. A Vampire Story - Moira Buffini
  73. Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass - Lewis Carroll - dramatised by Adrian Mitchell
  74. The Odd Couple (female version) - Neil Simon
  75. The Beauty Queen of Leenane - Martin McDonagh
  76. Antony and Cleopatra - William Shakespeare
  77. Gaslight - Patrick Hamilton
  78. Cymbeline - William Shakespeare
  79. Iron - Rona Munro
  80. Confusions - Alan Ayckbourn
  81. Much Ado About Nothing - William Shakespeare
  82. I Hate Shakespeare - Steph DeFerie
  83. Moonlight and Magnolias - Ron Hutchinson
  84. Lulu - Frank Wedekind, in a version by Peter Barnes
  85. Macbeth - William Shakespeare
  86. Whipping It Up - Steve Thompson
  87. Harvey - Mary Chase
  88. Happy Days - Samuel Beckett
  89. Days of Wine and Roses - Owen McCafferty
  90. Henry V - William Shakespeare
  91. Arabian Nights - adapted by Dominic Cooke
  92. Vincent in Brixton - Nicholas Wright
  93. The Real Thing - Tom Stoppard
  94. Titus Andronicus - William Shakespeare
Richmond Shakespeare Society
The Mary Wallace Theatre The Embankment,
Twickenham, Middlesex TW1 3DU
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“Good night, sweet friend: thy love ne’er alter, till thy sweet life end” Midsummer Nights Dream, Act ii, Sc.3