Rosencrantz and Guildenstern ... Survived?

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are stranded alone on a small desert island. They have no idea how they got there or when they arrived; they’re not even completely sure which is Rosencrantz and which Guildenstern. They are trying to work out what’s happened to Hamlet and to their mission.

As in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, this play emphasises the characters’ lack of understanding about their roles in life and their inability to affect what happens to them. The last thing they can remember is being on a ship between Denmark and England; now they’re on a tropical island. Are they dead or alive? They don’t know and neither does the audience.

There is a great deal of humorous interplay between the characters in this production but it does not, unsurprisingly, reach the level of the original. Also, the original has the play Hamlet running in parallel, which gives meaning to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern’s meaningless lives. This play does not have that and seems to meander somewhat. Overall, an interesting attempt.

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Two of theatre's greatest comic creations are marooned on a desert island with no means of escape. Prince Hamlet is missing, presumed dead. And worse still, they've just run out of cigarettes. www.paddedcelltheatre.com

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