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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. The Death of Miss Gloria Starr - Devised by the cast
  2. Metamorphosis - Steven Berkoff, from the classic story by Franz Kafka
  3. The Seagull - Anton Chekhov, in a new version by Torben Betts
  4. The History of Cardenio - William Shakespeare, John Fletcher and Gary Taylor
  5. The Snow Dragons - Lizzie Nunnery
  6. The Weir - Conor McPherson
  7. Oh! What a Lovely War - Joan Littlewood and the Theatre Workshop
  8. The Merchant of Venice - William Shakespeare
  9. Tom and Viv - Michael Hastings
  10. As You Like It - William Shakespeare
  11. Toad of Toad Hall - A. A. Milne - A play from Kenneth Grahame’s book ‘The Wind in the Willows’ Music by H Fraser-Simson
  12. Collaborators - John Hodge
  13. Boeing-Boeing - Marc Camoletti translated by Beverly Cross and Francis Evans
  14. We Are Three Sisters - Blake Morrison
  15. THE ADVENTURES OF PINOCCHIO - Lee Hall from Carlo Collodi’s original tale
  16. The White Devil - John Webster
  17. The Adventures of Dick Whittington and his Cat - Dickon Williamson
  18. King Lear - William Shakespeare
  19. The Taming of the Shrew - William Shakespeare
  20. Coraline - from the novel by Neil Gaiman
  21. Night Must Fall - Emlyn Williams
  22. All’s Well that Ends Well - William Shakespeare
  23. The Government Inspector - Nikolai Gogol, adapted by D. J. Campbell
  24. Uncle Vanya - Anton Chekhov, in a version by Christopher Hampton
  25. Egad! The Woman in White - Tim Kelly
  26. Monstrous Regiment - Terry Pratchett, adapted by Stephen Briggs
  27. Master Shakeshafte - Peter Parkinson
  28. Love’s Labour’s Lost - William Shakespeare
  29. Haroun and the Sea of Stories - Salman Rushdie, Tim Supple and David Tushingham
  30. From These Green Heights - Dermot Bolger
  31. Othello - William Shakespeare
  32. Blood Wedding (Youth Theatre) - Federico García Lorca - Translation by Gwynne Edwards
  33. The Chalk Garden - Enid Bagnold
  34. A Tender Thing - Ben Power
  35. The Importance of Being Earnest - Oscar Wilde
  36. Julius Caesar - William Shakespeare
  37. Educating Rita - Willy Russell
  38. The Merry Wives of Windsor - William Shakespeare
  39. Robin Hood - David Barrett
  40. Double Bill: Leonardo’s Last Supper and Laughter (Part II) - Peter Barnes
  41. Designs on Ladies - Georges Feydeau, translated by David King, adapted by Rodney Figaro
  42. Rhinoceros - Eugene Ionesco, translated by Martin Crimp
  43. Once in a Lifetime - Moss Hart & George S Kaufman
  44. The Deep Blue Sea - Terence Rattigan
  45. Dracula - Liz Lochhead adapted from Bram Stoker's novel
  46. Henry VIII or All is True (staged reading) - William Shakespeare & John Fletcher
  47. The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society Murder Mystery - David McGillivray and Walter Zerlin jr.
  48. Romeo and Juliet - William Shakespeare
  49. Around The World in 8 Plays - Patrick Greene and Jason Pizzarello
  50. In the Club - Richard Bean
  51. Measure for Measure - William Shakespeare
  52. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens, adapted by Jo Clifford
  53. Peter Pan - JM Barrie (John Caird and Trevor Nunn)
  54. Taking Sides - Ronald Harwood
  55. Aladdin - John Crocker - Music & Lyrics by Eric Gilder
  56. Little Gem - Elaine Murphy
  57. Vita & Virginia - Eileen Atkins
    adapted from correspondence between Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West
  58. Twelfth Night - William Shakespeare
  59. Tom Paine - Paul Foster
  60. Youth Theatre Double Bill - Will Averill: Cinderella: Or How Pipsqueak the Mouse Became a Stallion. 'Crinkley Bottom............' was devised in-house
  61. Gormenghast - John Constable adapted from the novel by Mervyn Peake
  62. This Story of Yours - John Hopkins
  63. King John - William Shakespeare
  64. Pygmalion - Bernard Shaw
  65. Fallen Angels - Noel Coward
  66. A Month in the Country - Ivan Turgenev - adapted into English by Emlyn Williams
  67. Glengarry Glen Ross - David Mamet
  68. A Midsummer Night’s Dream - William Shakespeare
  69. A Vampire Story - Moira Buffini
  70. Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass - Lewis Carroll - dramatised by Adrian Mitchell
  71. The Odd Couple (female version) - Neil Simon
  72. The Beauty Queen of Leenane - Martin McDonagh
  73. Antony and Cleopatra - William Shakespeare
  74. Gaslight - Patrick Hamilton
  75. Cymbeline - William Shakespeare
  76. Iron - Rona Munro
  77. Confusions - Alan Ayckbourn
  78. Much Ado About Nothing - William Shakespeare
  79. I Hate Shakespeare - Steph DeFerie
  80. Moonlight and Magnolias - Ron Hutchinson
  81. Lulu - Frank Wedekind, in a version by Peter Barnes
  82. Macbeth - William Shakespeare
  83. Whipping It Up - Steve Thompson
  84. Harvey - Mary Chase
  85. Happy Days - Samuel Beckett
  86. Days of Wine and Roses - Owen McCafferty
  87. Henry V - William Shakespeare
  88. Arabian Nights - adapted by Dominic Cooke
  89. Vincent in Brixton - Nicholas Wright
  90. The Real Thing - Tom Stoppard
  91. Titus Andronicus - William Shakespeare
  92. An Inspector Calls - J. B. Priestley
Richmond Shakespeare Society
The Mary Wallace Theatre The Embankment,
Twickenham, Middlesex TW1 3DU
Box Office 020 8744 0547
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“Good name, in man or woman, is the immediate jewel of their souls” Othello, Act iii, Sc.3