Rosencrantz Guildenstern Are Dead Author:Tom Stoppard The Broadway debut of Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead was greeted by both public and critics alike as an extraordinary theatrical event. With his first major play, Mr. Stoppard has joined the ranks of those other remarkable English playwrights-John Osborne, Harold Pinter, John Arden-whose work has transformed the contemporary ... more »theater.« less
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Meet the Marx Brothers
This is about as esoteric as "Waiting for Godot" and "Gravity's Rainbow." Something that only an academic could love. Shakespeare (figuratively) must be dead. So are Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. Too bad they waited until the end of the last act.
This is the version of HAMLET that you have never seen... until now (or until it had been published, if you happened to be around in the late '60s). The story starts off with the two main characters playing with coins. From there, it gets weirder. The end is something to be expected if you have read HAMLET (which is how Stoppard got the title for his play; for those curious as to the source, check V.ii, line 400). It helps if you read HAMLET before you read this play. But you can read this first and then look at the original source; it's up to you. This is a play you'll wish you had seen when it was playing in the theatres.