19:15, Sat 3rd March 2018 - Wed 7th March 2018 at Royal Opera House, London
12:15, Sat 10th March 2018 - Wed 14th March 2018 at Royal Opera House, London
19:30, Sat 17th March 2018 - Wed 21st March 2018 at Royal Opera House, London
Lent Week 6 to Week 9
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead is an absurdist, existentialist tragicomedy by Tom Stoppard, first staged at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 1966. The play expands upon the exploits of two minor characters from Shakespeare's Hamlet, the courtiers Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. The action of Stoppard's play takes place mainly "in the wings" of Shakespeare's, with brief appearances of major characters from Hamlet who enact fragments of the original's scenes. Between these episodes the two protagonists voice their confusion at the progress of events of which—occurring onstage without them in Hamlet—they have no direct knowledge.