Act One

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

Cardiff YMCA Theatre • Fri 27 March 2020 19:30-22:30

An existential and absurdist play by Tom Stoppard, occurring in the wings of Shakespeare's classic play Hamlet, from the perspective of Hamlet's friends Rosencrantz and Guildenstern.

You’ve all heard of Hamlet? Possibly the most revered piece of Shakespearean tragedy ever to grace the stage? Yes? Good… But do you remember the names of Hamlet’s two “excellent good friends” from childhood, whom he condemns to an early grave? No? Good… because neither do they! Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead is a classic tragi-comedic re-imagining of Hamlet, told from the perspective of his two best friends; a duo of woefully indecisive and forgetful (yet ironically quick-witted) misfits that banter and blunder blindly towards their fate, questioning the meaning of life, the universe and everything as they go. Written by Academy Award and four-time Tony Award winning author for ‘Best Play’, Tom Stoppard, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead will have you in stitches one moment and questioning your very existence the next… this is not one to be missed.