Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead

I enjoy reading books and plays that present a new take on classic fiction.  For example, Wicked by Gregory Maguire and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith.  My first exposure to this genre was Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard.  Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are two minor characters in Shakespeare’s Hamlet that, like most characters in the play, come to an untimely end.  The play centers around the playful banter of these two as tragedy unfolds around them.  Though it contains some lines from Hamlet, it is largely an original, and hilarious, piece.

While this piece can be enjoyed without any knowledge of Hamlet, I highly recommended reading or watching a performance of Hamlet first to enhance the experience.


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