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

“Thou art as wise as thou art beautiful” Midsummer Nights Dream, Act iii, Sc.1