Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead



  • The first major success of Tom Stoppard. It was producedby the Oxford Theatre Group for the 1966 Edinburgh Festival and subsequentlyenjoyed a lengthy West End run at the Old Vic. In the play, whichis written loosely in the tradition of the Theatre of the Absurd,Stoppard brings two minor characters from Hamlet centre-stageto contemplate their own existence. While waiting for instructions,they discuss the meaning of their roles in the tragic events of Hamlet(which take place entirely offstage) and pass the time in word-playand philosophical logic games. critics saw parallels between Stoppard'sprotagonists and Vladimir and Estragon in Beckett's Waiting forGodot.