Sinodun Players

Corn Exchange, Wallingford

Tel: 01491 825000

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

By Tom Stoppard
Director Lucy Pitman-Wallace
23rd–26th May 2018

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead focuses on the misadventures and offstage musings of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, two minor characters in Shakespeare's Hamlet while the production is in full swing. Using Stoppard's witty and droll dialogue, the duo voice their confusion about their roles in the story of Hamlet which, from their perspective, are largely nonsensical and comical.

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead was first performed at the Edinburgh Festival in 1967. It made the reputation of its young author Tom Stoppard. It explores a world where nothing makes sense for the protaganists Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. The director, Lucy Pitman-Wallace says: "I see it as a philosophical musing on the nature of being whilst remaining a comedy. Ever since I assisted on a production at the National I have wanted to do my own version."


RosencrantzWill Lidbetter
GuidensternTom Richards
PlayerJohn Jones
HamletJames Winters
ClaudiusPeter Smithson
GertrudeSarah Enticknap
PoloniusKevin Harvey
OpheliaSian McLaughlin
TragediansKirsty van den Bulk, Rebecca Cleverley,
John Cornelius, Seb Avery, Teri Stevens