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STOPPARD, TOM
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
London: Faber and Faber, 1967. First edition. original cloth, original dust jacket. Fine/Fine. FIRST EDITION OF STOPPARD'S AWARD-WINNING MASTERPIECE, SIGNED BY STOPPARD ON THE TITLE PAGE. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, an absurdist, existential tragicomedy by British playwright Tom Stoppard, was first staged at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 1966 and reviewers hailed the piece as a breakthrough for the fresh-faced playwright. The play expands upon the adventures of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, two courtiers who function only as minor characters in Shakespeare's Hamlet. Meta-theatrical in its unfolding, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern takes place mainly "in the wings" of the play from which it was derived, with brief appearances by major characters from Hamlet who enact pieces of scenes from the original play. In the interstices of these episodes, the two virtual nonentities within the world of Shakespeare but now foregrounding characters voice their confusion at the progression of events occurring onstage without them, of which they have no direct knowledge.This production of the play, which was Stoppard's first on Broadway, garnered eight Tony Award nominations and four wins. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern also won Best Play from the New York Drama Critics Circle (1968) and Outstanding Production from the Outer Critics Circle in 1969. Its appeal has endured: it was revived in New York in 1987, running for 40 performances, and the American Shakespeare Center has mounted several repertories since 1995. In 1990, Stoppard directed the film adaptation whose cast includ … [Click Below for Full Description]
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