ROSENCRANTZ & GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD
Written by: : Tom Stoppard
Director: Hayley Horton
Season: 23 February - 10 March 2018, Stirling Community Theatre
AUDITIONS TO BE HELD Sunday 9 July 2017 (by appointment)
AUDITION BOOKINGS: By appointment only
CONTACT: Debbie Tester
Phone: 0450 906 522
ABOUT THE PLAY: Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead is an absurdist, existentialist tragicomedy that expands upon the escapades of two supporting characters from Shakespeare's Hamlet. Taking place “behind the scenes” of Shakespeare's play, Stoppard’s characters interact briefly with Hamlet’s major characters who enact fragments of the original's scenes. Between these moments, both Rosencrantz and Guildenstern discuss their bewilderment at the progress of events of which—occurring onstage without them—they have no direct knowledge. Utilising language as a confounding system fraught with ambiguity, the pair are a Shakespearean comedy duo, given the chance to take the lead role in a realm that resonates with Waiting for Godot, and reality and misconceptions are intertwined with sharp wit and absurd humour.
ROLES TO BE AUDITIONED (See the audition pack for audition pieces).
Please note: The roles of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern have previously been auditioned, and will be played by Mark Healy and Alex Antoniou respectively.
The Player: a travelling actor. Requires a strong sense of comedic timing and gravitas (interacts frequently with R&G). Male, early 30s to late 40's
- Hamlet, the Pince of Denmark. Male, mid 20s to early 30s (a contemporary of R&G)
- Claudius, the King of Denmark, Hamlet’s uncle and stepfather. Male, late 40s+
- Gertrude, the Queen of Denmark, and Hamlet’s mother. Female, 40s+
- Polonius/Soldier, Claudius’ chief advisor. Male, mid 30s to late 40s
- Ophelia, Polonius’ daughter. Female, early to mid 20s
NB: Elizabethans speak in Shakespearean style language and represent a "heightened" version of the characters of the play, Hamlet.
- Alfred/Player Queen. Male, 20s
- Flautist/Spy/Fortinbras, the nephew of the king of Norway. Male, 20s to 30s
- Horn/Spy/Horatio. Gender open, age open Drummer/Player King/English King. Gender open,
- 30s to 50s
- Poisoner/Ambassador. Gender open, age open
NB: Tragedians form part of an 'improv' troupe and require strong comedic timing and physicality
The Elizabethans and Tragedians will not be required for the full rehearsal period. Some doubling may occur subject to auditions. Individual characters will be developed through a workshop-style process.
For an in-depth analysis of the play and the characters, visit http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/rosencrantz/