#DailyBookQuote : 27th August 2013
– Tom Stoppard (July 03, 1937)
– Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead
Acclaimed as a modern dramatic masterpiece, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead is the fabulously inventive tale of Hamlet as told from the worm’s-eve view of the bewildered Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, two minor characters in Shakespeare’s play. In Tom Stoppard’s best-known work, this Shakespearean Laurel and Hardy finally get a chance to take the lead role, but do so in a world where echoes of Waiting for Godot resound, where reality and illusion intermix, and where fate leads our two heroes to a tragic but inevitable end. Tom Stoppard was catapulted into the front ranks of modem playwrights overnight when Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead opened in London in 1967. Its subsequent run in New York brought it the same enthusiastic acclaim, and the play has since been performed numerous times in the major theatrical centers of the world.
- Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead: review (jolitson.com)
- Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (firefliesinfebruary.wordpress.com)
- Tom Stoppard wins PEN/Pinter prize (telegraph.co.uk)