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Rosencrantz & Guildenstern: Introduction
Rosencrantz & Guildenstern: Plot Summary
Rosencrantz & Guildenstern: Detailed Summary & Analysis
Rosencrantz & Guildenstern: Themes
Rosencrantz & Guildenstern: Quotes
Rosencrantz & Guildenstern: Characters
Rosencrantz & Guildenstern: Symbols
Rosencrantz & Guildenstern: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Tom Stoppard
Historical Context of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
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- Full Title: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
- When Written: 1964
- Where Written: England
- When Published: 1967
- Literary Period: Theater of the Absurd
- Genre: Tragicomedy
- Setting: nowhere; the royal court in Denmark; a ship to England
- Climax: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern read Claudius' letter and discover that it orders Hamlet executed.
- Antagonist: The Player
Extra Credit for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
Even More Shakespeare. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead evolved out of Stoppard's earlier one-act play, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Meet King Lear, which Stoppard wrote in a Berlin mansion in 1964.
Acclaimed in Any Medium. In 1990, Stoppard adapted Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead into a screenplay that he directed himself. The movie won the Golden Lion award at the Venice Film Festival that year.