Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
by Tom Stoppard
Directed by Suki Peters
Apr 6th - 15th, 2018
This existential tragicomedy of Shakespearean proportions, penned during the height of the absurdist movement, follows the two hapless friends of Hamlet, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, as they go on a journey from which they never return.
On a day like any other, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern’s peaceful morning is suddenly disrupted when a messenger from Elsinore castle raps on their window informing them that they have been summoned. Thus, begins the journey for our befuddled travelers as they explore fate, their purpose and very nature of existence.
St. Louis Shakespeare's current production of the play is beguiling and breathtaking, a cunning bit of magic that draws you deeper into the eerie happenings that surround our two baffled heroes. Once you can actually see them, it's clear that Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are as common and as extraordinary as any of us. It's quite a trick, and expertly managed by director Suki Peters and her large cast. Paul Friswold, Riverfront Times
The dizzying imagination of Tom Stoppard’s razor-sharp mind is in evidence throughout this brisk, brilliant comedy currently being given a delightful rendering by St. Louis Shakespeare. Artistic director Suki Peters infuses this fast-paced, cheery production with a number of top-notch performances which glean the essence of Stoppard’s clever, creative wit. Still fresh and intoxicating more than 50 years after its debut, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead blends the existential absurdity of Waiting for Godot with The Bard’s penchant for sharp, telling dialogue. Mark Bretz, Ladue News