Rosencrantz: What are you playing at?
Guildenstern: Words words...they're all we have to go on.
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.
Peasant 1: Did you hear? Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead?
Peasant 2: Really dead?
Peasant 1: Really dead.
Peasant 2: Really?
Peasant 1: Really, really.
Peasant 2: Really, really, really?
Peasant 1: Really, really, really.
Peasant 2: Really, really, really, really?
Peasant 1: Would you stop that? They're dead as dead can be - which is actually pretty dead.