Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
This play, which made Tom Stoppard’s name in the 60’s, could just as easily
be entitled “two characters in search of a plot” – and of the meaning of
life – as the courtiers, minor players from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, take
Whilst the real action unfolds mainly unseen, they wait,
Godot-like, for their entrances and exits, passing the time with existential
musings and witty word games.
Reuniting two original “History Boys” (Samuel Barnett, an anxious, unworldly
Rosencrantz and Jamie Parker’s more solid Guildenstern) Trevor Nunn’s
respectful production still impresses, though at times Stoppard’s clever
conceit now seems over-contrived and under-edited.
Theatre Royal Haymarket, Haymarket, SW1Y 4HT
0845 481 1870
Until August 20
– Louise Kingsley