Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead

Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead

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Acclaimed as a modern dramatic masterpiece, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead is the fabulously inventive tale of Hamlet as told from the worm's-eve view of the bewildered Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, two minor characters in Shakespeare's play. In Tom Stoppard's best-known work, this Shakespearean Laurel and Hardy finally get a chance to take the lead role, but do so in a world where echoes of Waiting for Godot resound, where reality and illusion intermix, and where fate leads our two heroes to a tragic but inevitable end.

Tom Stoppard was catapulted into the front ranks of modem playwrights overnight when Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead opened in London in 1967. Its subsequent run in New York brought it the same enthusiastic acclaim, and the play has since been performed numerous times in the major theatrical centers of the world. It has won top honors for play and playwright in a poll of London Theater critics, and in its printed form it was chosen one of the "Notable Books of 1967" by the American Library Association.
Publisher: New York, Grove Press \1967\
ISBN: 9780802132758
0802132758
Branch Call Number: 822 Stoppard
Characteristics: 126 p. ;,21 cm.

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JCLAmandaH Sep 20, 2017

A moste excellente Hamlet fanfic for ye olde Shakespeare buffs! This comedic tour-de-force mixes wordplay with swordplay, the existential with the ridiculous, and arrives at something both deeply profound and riotously entertaining. Highly recommended in both print and movie versions! Statement!


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maiki69
Feb 08, 2021

A comedy in three acts, ROSENCRANTZ & GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD sets a high bar for intelligent existentialism. Although reflective, the play manages to be riveting. Philosophical, yet it remains entertaining. Heavy, while being light, Stoppard has achieved the near impossible with ROSENCRANTZ & GUILDENSTERN. Classic.

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mikey69
Feb 24, 2020

This existentialist classic in three acts is charming, daunting and wholly original. Stoppard uses two characters from HAMLET to paraphrase that tragedy, while setting the audience up for the inevitable question: What is existence? ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD (Grove Press, $3.95) is a beguiling adventure into the dirty laundry of afterlife.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Apr 10, 2019

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead occurs simultaneously with Hamlet, providing insight into the lives of two side characters as they embark on a journey to discover themselves and their purpose. Since Hamlet is so well-known, Stoppard is able to use dramatic irony very effectively to make astute observations about life and its futility as well as death and its inevitability, while still making this text incredibly humorous. This play is consistently both witty and deep, turning background characters each into lovable protagonists. The dialogue is fast-paced and there are a lot of complex stage directions which makes it easy to get lost if you’re not paying close attention, but the play is well-crafted and Stoppard’s shrew insights are unmistakable. 4/5 Stars. @amiwrite of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

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humbleworm
Mar 06, 2018

This is a humorous but nevertheless intellectual exercise in developing a behind-the-scenes parallel plotline to Hamlet involving two very minor foil characters and so, fittingly, not much happens. It's been many years since I read Stoppard's play, but I'll mention here that there was also a film made of it that was very well done.

JCLAmandaH Sep 20, 2017

A moste excellente Hamlet fanfic for ye olde Shakespeare buffs! This comedic tour-de-force mixes wordplay with swordplay, the existential with the ridiculous, and arrives at something both deeply profound and riotously entertaining. Highly recommended in both print and movie versions! Statement!

kurthallsman Apr 20, 2015

Despite the fact that the two characters are minor figures in Hamlet, they have much more in common with the late 20th C.
Being that the play was written in the late 1960's, they have ultimately a closer connection to Beckett than Shakespeare. A lot of great lines dealing with the human condition, like you would expect when "channeling" Shakespeare.

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maiki69
Feb 08, 2021

ROSENCRANTZ & GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD, by Tom Stoppard, is an existentialist classic in three acts. Wholly original. Stoppard incorporates two characters from HAMLET for a modern treatment of the Shakespearean classic, while setting the audience up for the $64,000 question: What is the nature of existence? ROSENCRANTZ & GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD is a test of boundaries both for existentialism and the stage.

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mikey69
Feb 24, 2020

Using two characters from Shakespeare's HAMLET (Rosencrantz and Guildenstern), Stoppard paraphrases the tragedy of the Danish prince while setting the audience on a beguiling adventure into the untidy afterlife.

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maiki69
Feb 08, 2021

Heavy, while being light, Stoppard has achieved the near impossible with ROSENCRANTZ & GUILDENSTERN.
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mikey69
Feb 24, 2020

[A] beguiling adventure into the dirty laundry of afterlife.
http://www.penhead.org/

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