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Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead at Stirling Community Theatre

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The quirky comedy behind Shakespeare's most famous tragedy

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead has been hailed as Tom Stoppard's most popular play since its professional world premiere at the Old Vic 50 years ago. They may be dead but there is plenty of life in this bright, philosophical and whimsical production of Stoppard's classic at the Stirling Theatre from 23 February to 10 March, 2018.

Mark Healy (Rosencrantz left) and Alex Antoniou (Guildenstern right).

Some readers will no doubt recognise Rosencrantz and Guildenstern as two minor characters from Shakespeare's Hamlet, who are inexplicably thrust into the spotlight.
As Hamlet plots to overthrow his uncle, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern desperately attempt to figure out where they are, who they are, and what exactly, is going on.

The following photos show our "Elizabethans" acting Hamlet, and the "Tragedians" acting out the Murger of Gonzago (the play in Hamlet).

Be warned, this is far from being a Shakespearean drama, with Stoppard's creative text demoting a depressed Hamlet to a supporting role while Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are promoted to centre-stage. Today such writing is standard practice, but 1967 Stoppard's play was a daring production, which still delights audiences today.

Stoppard's play is a theatrical experience with healthy doses of tumbling, stage combat, mime, physical comedy and coin tricks that not only provide humor, but are also somewhat introspective, which could drive some of you insane, but don't let that stop you from having a wonderful theatrical encounter.

Stirling Community Theatre Inc. Photo: H. Radford

Playwrite: Tom Stoppard

DIRECTOR.: Hayley Horton

GUILDENSTERN - Alex Antoniou
THE PLAYER - Tim Williams


HAMLET Nick Duddy
CLAUDIUS Gary George
GERTRUDE Michelle Nightingale
OPHELIA Chloe Zodrow
POLONIUS Peter Bleby

TRAGEDIANS: Tragedians

Shaun Castles
Rebecca Kemp
Dylan O'Donnell
Alyssa Peters
Leighton Vogt

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Why? Stoppard's play is bound to entertain, being a theatrical experience with healthy doses of tumbling, stage combat, mime, physical comedy and coin tricks that not only provide humor, but are also somewhat introspective.
When: Fri & Sat 23, 24 February, 2, 3, 9 & 10 March 8 pm. Sun 25 Feb and 4 March 4 pm. Backstage tour, Q & A and meet the cast after 4 March matinee.
Phone: Stirling Players’ Ticketing 08 7481 6152
Where: Stirling Community Theatre, Avenue Road, Stirling
Cost: $22 adult, $18 conc., $16 child U18 (plus special discounts for groups of 10 ) Book at or phone Stirling Players’ Ticketing 08 7481 6152
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