Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead
written by Tom Stoppard
directed by Kevin Smith
The misadventures and musings of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, two minor characters from William Shakespeare's Hamlet who are childhood friends of the prince, focusing on their actions with the events of Hamlet as background. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead is structured as the inverse of Hamlet; the title characters are the leads, not supporting players, and Hamlet himself has only a small part. The duo appears on stage here when they are off-stage in Shakespeare's play, with the exception of a few short scenes in which the dramatic events of both plays coincide. In Hamlet, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are used by the King in an attempt to discover Hamlet's motives and to plot against him. Hamlet, however, mocks them derisively and outwits them, so that they, rather than he, are executed in the end. Thus, from Rosencrantz's and Guildenstern's perspective, the action in Hamlet is largely nonsensical and comical. After the two characters witness a performance of The Murder of Gonzagothe story within a story in the play Hamletthey find themselves on a boat taking Prince Hamlet to England with the troupe that staged the performance. They are intended to give the English king a message telling him to kill Hamlet. Instead, Hamlet discovers this and switches the letter for another, telling the king to kill Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. During the voyage, the two are ambushed by pirates and lose their prisoner, Hamlet, before resigning themselves to their fate and presumably dying thereafter.
KCTG General Info
There are no obstructions, poles, etc. in our theatre. All seating is general admission - folks who purchase Senior/Military/Student tickets must show Military ID or Full-time Student ID at the box office.
All reservations are held until 10 minutes before curtain for each show. Seats that have been reserved but are not claimed by that time, including those of season ticket holders, may be sold. While refunds are not given in this situation, every effort will be made to honor your reservation for a later performance for the same show.
Kent County Theatre Guild @ the Patchwork Playhouse (View)
140 E. Roosevelt Ave.
Dover, DE 19904
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|