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Hamlet is turned topsy-turvy in this brilliant, Tony Award-winning comedy that thrusts Shakespeare's two minor characters, Hamlet's childhood friends Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, to the frontlines with no rules except one: they are destined to die. The two main characters are used as pawns in the King's plot against Hamlet, who outwits Rosencrantz and Guildenstern and causes them to plunge to their own deaths – which from their perspective is completely ridiculous and nonsensical. Trapped in a universe where the flip of a coin always comes up heads and pirates can pop up anytime, can our hapless protagonists triumph in a battle of wits, escape their fate, and make sense of a senseless world?

First staged at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 1966, Tom Stoppard's absurdist, existential comedy, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, is codirected by Julia Rodriguez-Elliott and Geoff Elliot.

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