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  1. Introduction
  2. Production the size of a ping pong table
  3. The use of characters from Hamlet
  4. the lack of a positive opinion
  5. Stoppard's movie version of his hit play
  6. The inability of this film to capture the attention of the general public
  7. Conclusion
  8. Works cited

William Shakespeare is among the most notable playwrights of all time. Some of his works have been so popular that they have been turned into modern movies, aimed at attracting a new generation to this author's works. While Shakespeare has been able to provide audiences with theatrical entertainment for several centuries now, it has only been in the twentieth century that author authors and playwrights have been able to capitalize on the popularity of Shakespeare's works. Specifically, Tom Stoppard in his play, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead utilizes two of Hamlet's minor characters?Rosencrantz and Guildenstern?to bring to life a comedic reenactment of Hamlet as told through the eyes of these characters.
Clearly, the idea to use the characters of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to create a farce out of a notably serious work is quite significant. Stoppard took a notable risk that, upon reflection, appears to have been one that was quite positive for the playwright overall. Stoppard's play opened to rave reviews in 1966 and became a worldwide hit that is still performed in theaters across the globe. In 1990, the play was turned into a move staring, among others, veteran actor Richard Dreyfuss. Although there are those who continue to offer criticism of the work, a precursory overview of what has been written about the work and its performance history seems to suggest that Stoppard has created a memorable play that is destined to become a classic in the world of theater.

[...] Despite Stoppard's high hopes, both the RSC and the Royal Court decided to pass on Rosencrantz and Guildenstern (29). To Stoppard's dismay, the RSC chose to hand the play down to undergraduates at the Oxford Playhouse looking for something to perform at the Endiburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland (30). When the production took place in Scotland in 1967, it opened on a stage, size of a ping pong table? (30). Despite this however, critics viewing the play were quite pleased with the work overall. [...]


[...] Conclusion When the history of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead is examined in total, it is evident that this play was, and continues to be, a favorite of both audiences and performers. A quick search of the Internet shows that the play has been, and is still being, produced in many major US and European cities. Each year, numerous local and high school theater production companies choose to perform this classic. Thus, the stage version of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern has become a well established favorite in the theatrical community. [...]

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