Tom Stoppard (Shakespeare in Love, The Real Thing, Coast of Utopia) has personally given The Acting Company the rights to tour his landmark TONY award-winning play. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern centers on the misadventures and musings of two minor characters—childhood friends of the Prince—from William Shakespeare’s Hamlet.
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 in this play 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.

Focusing on free will vs. determinism, the search for value and the impossibility of certainty, the play has a love for cleverness and language, treating it as a confounding system fraught with ambiguity to engage and delight the audience.

A TONY winner and one of today’s most talented artists, John Rando (Broadway’s Urinetown, A Christmas Story) will direct this play for The Acting Company, as he did Trevor Nunn’s Comedy of Errors in 2001. John’s early work included serving as Staff Repertory Director on tour with The Acting Company.

Appearing in photos: Grant Fletcher Prewitt, Ian Gould, Jacueline Correa, Patrick Lane, John Skelley, Darien Battle, Suzy Kohane, Ernest Bentley, Angela Janas, Joshua Johnston, Andy Nogasky. Photos by Michael Lamont and Will Sanderson.