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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. Hedda Gabler - Henrik Ibsen
  2. Twelfth Night - William Shakespeare
  3. Journey’s End - R C Sherriff
  4. Larkin with Women - Ben Brown
  5. A Midsummer Night’s Dream - William Shakespeare
  6. Joking Apart - Alan Ayckbourn
  7. The 39 Steps - John Buchan (Adapted by Patrick Barlow from an original concept by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon)
  8. Macbeth - William Shakespeare
  9. Romeo and Juliet - A Senior Youth Theatre Production - William Shakespeare
  10. Bette and Joan - Anton Burge
  11. The Railway Children (stage version) - E. Nesbit adapted by Mike Kenny
  12. Richard II - William Shakespeare
  13. Kindertransport - Diane Samuels
  14. The Tempest - William Shakespeare
  15. The Death of Miss Gloria Starr - Devised by the cast
  16. Metamorphosis - Steven Berkoff, from the classic story by Franz Kafka
  17. The Seagull - Anton Chekhov, in a new version by Torben Betts
  18. The History of Cardenio - William Shakespeare, John Fletcher and Gary Taylor
  19. The Snow Dragons - Lizzie Nunnery
  20. The Weir - Conor McPherson
  21. Oh! What a Lovely War - Joan Littlewood and the Theatre Workshop
  22. The Merchant of Venice - William Shakespeare
  23. Tom and Viv - Michael Hastings
  24. As You Like It - William Shakespeare
  25. Toad of Toad Hall - A. A. Milne - A play from Kenneth Grahame’s book ‘The Wind in the Willows’ Music by H Fraser-Simson
  26. Collaborators - John Hodge
  27. Boeing-Boeing - Marc Camoletti translated by Beverly Cross and Francis Evans
  28. We Are Three Sisters - Blake Morrison
  29. THE ADVENTURES OF PINOCCHIO - Lee Hall from Carlo Collodi’s original tale
  30. The White Devil - John Webster
  31. The Adventures of Dick Whittington and his Cat - Dickon Williamson
  32. King Lear - William Shakespeare
  33. The Taming of the Shrew - William Shakespeare
  34. Coraline - from the novel by Neil Gaiman
  35. Night Must Fall - Emlyn Williams
  36. All’s Well that Ends Well - William Shakespeare
  37. The Government Inspector - Nikolai Gogol, adapted by D. J. Campbell
  38. Uncle Vanya - Anton Chekhov, in a version by Christopher Hampton
  39. Egad! The Woman in White - Tim Kelly
  40. Monstrous Regiment - Terry Pratchett, adapted by Stephen Briggs
  41. Master Shakeshafte - Peter Parkinson
  42. Love’s Labour’s Lost - William Shakespeare
  43. Haroun and the Sea of Stories - Salman Rushdie, Tim Supple and David Tushingham
  44. From These Green Heights - Dermot Bolger
  45. Othello - William Shakespeare
  46. Blood Wedding (Youth Theatre) - Federico García Lorca - Translation by Gwynne Edwards
  47. The Chalk Garden - Enid Bagnold
  48. A Tender Thing - Ben Power
  49. The Importance of Being Earnest - Oscar Wilde
  50. Julius Caesar - William Shakespeare
  51. Educating Rita - Willy Russell
  52. The Merry Wives of Windsor - William Shakespeare
  53. Robin Hood - David Barrett
  54. Double Bill: Leonardo’s Last Supper and Laughter (Part II) - Peter Barnes
  55. Designs on Ladies - Georges Feydeau, translated by David King, adapted by Rodney Figaro
  56. Rhinoceros - Eugene Ionesco, translated by Martin Crimp
  57. Once in a Lifetime - Moss Hart & George S Kaufman
  58. The Deep Blue Sea - Terence Rattigan
  59. Dracula - Liz Lochhead adapted from Bram Stoker's novel
  60. Henry VIII or All is True (staged reading) - William Shakespeare & John Fletcher
  61. The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society Murder Mystery - David McGillivray and Walter Zerlin jr.
  62. Romeo and Juliet - William Shakespeare
  63. Around The World in 8 Plays - Patrick Greene and Jason Pizzarello
  64. In the Club - Richard Bean
  65. Measure for Measure - William Shakespeare
  66. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens, adapted by Jo Clifford
  67. Peter Pan - JM Barrie (John Caird and Trevor Nunn)
  68. Taking Sides - Ronald Harwood
  69. Aladdin - John Crocker - Music & Lyrics by Eric Gilder
  70. Little Gem - Elaine Murphy
  71. Vita & Virginia - Eileen Atkins
    adapted from correspondence between Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West
  72. Twelfth Night - William Shakespeare
  73. Tom Paine - Paul Foster
  74. Youth Theatre Double Bill - Will Averill: Cinderella: Or How Pipsqueak the Mouse Became a Stallion. 'Crinkley Bottom............' was devised in-house
  75. Gormenghast - John Constable adapted from the novel by Mervyn Peake
  76. This Story of Yours - John Hopkins
  77. King John - William Shakespeare
  78. Pygmalion - Bernard Shaw
  79. Fallen Angels - Noel Coward
  80. A Month in the Country - Ivan Turgenev - adapted into English by Emlyn Williams
  81. Glengarry Glen Ross - David Mamet
  82. A Midsummer Night’s Dream - William Shakespeare
  83. A Vampire Story - Moira Buffini
  84. Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass - Lewis Carroll - dramatised by Adrian Mitchell
  85. The Odd Couple (female version) - Neil Simon
  86. The Beauty Queen of Leenane - Martin McDonagh
  87. Antony and Cleopatra - William Shakespeare
  88. Gaslight - Patrick Hamilton
  89. Cymbeline - William Shakespeare
  90. Iron - Rona Munro
  91. Confusions - Alan Ayckbourn
  92. Much Ado About Nothing - William Shakespeare
Richmond Shakespeare Society
The Mary Wallace Theatre The Embankment,
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“Let never day nor night unhallowed pass, but still remember what the Lord hath done” Henry VI, Act ii, Sc.1