Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead - Theatre Royal Haymarket

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Venue Information
Theatre Royal Haymarket

Theatre Royal Haymarket
8 Haymarket

Seating Plan


(5mins) Go along Coventry Street and then take Haymarket on the right where the theatre will be approx. 200 metres along.

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

It isn’t unusual to find the work of Shakespeare playing in the capital, from “Much Ado About Nothing” at the Wyndham’s Theatre to “The Tempest”, appearing later in the year at the Haymarket. Even “The Lion King” has elements of “Hamlet” thrown into the mix. But it isn’t often that we get a production set within a Shakespearean story that looks at the action from a different perspective – that is unless Tom Stoppard’s 1960s play “Rosentcrantz and Guildenstern are Dead” is in town.

Under the direction of the Haymarket’s new Artistic Director – Sir Trevor Nunn – this classic pay is set to return to the West End for a new run from June to August 2011.

The comical “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead” focuses on two minor characters from Shakespeare’s “Hamlet”, with a unique story unfolding as the events of the original story plays out in the background. Hired to capture Hamlet for execution, the Danish Prince switches some notes that lead to their execution instead and the action, as a result, borders on the absurd when seen from their perspective.

But the story also deals with their relationship and the way in which they argue and disagree. Throughout the show they fail to understand the significance of their own existence and join other characters that can’t even remember their names.

The play is set to feature quite a cast as well, with the title characters portrayed by two of the stars of The National Theatre’s “The History Boys” – Samuel Barnett and Jamie Parker – in addition to “The Rocky Horror Show” star Tim Curry. This talented team will not only be working from the script of Tom Stoppard but also from the vision of Trevor Nunn. So there is no doubt that audiences in the capital will be flocking to pick up Theatre Tickets and witness the comical plot unfold at the Haymarket theatre.

After all, someone like Tim Curry needs little introduction and in addition to a career that includes “Monty Python’s Spamalot”, “The Rocky Horror Show” and its film adaptation “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”, he has also starred in “It” and “Clue” whilst lending his voice to “The Wild Thornberrys”.

“Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead” appears at the Haymarket Theatre from Tuesday 21st June 2011 (previews from Thursday 16th June 2011) to Saturday 20th August 2011.

Show Information
Booking From: Thursday, 16th June 2011
Booking Until: Saturday, 20th August 2011
Matinees: Thursday and Saturday 2.30pm
Evenings: Monday to Saturday 7.30pm
Show Status: production_closed
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