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Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead

The Barn Theatre, Southwick Community Centre.

October 5, 6, 7 & 8, 2011.

Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead

by Tom Stoppard



Directed by
Natalie Notley


Tom Harris – Rosencrantz

Guy Steddon – Guildenstern

Andy Etter – Hamlet

Sophie Lane – Ophelia

David Creedon – Claudius

Hazel Starns – Gertrude

Bob Ryder – Polonius

Luke Mepham – Player

Laurence Brown – Alfred

Luke Mepham – Soldier

Judith Berrill – Horatio

Gill Medway – Ambassador

Natalie Notley – Player Leader

Gill Medway – Player

Judith Berrill – Player

James Doyle – Player

Hazel Starns – Player

Sophie Lane – Player

Bob Ryder – Player

Joe Gibbs – Player


Production Crew

Assistant to Director – Fiona Cameron

Stage Manager – Martin Oakley

Deputy Stage Manager – Hem Cleveland

Lighting – Mike Medway

Sound – Jack Hudson

Sound – Isi Fink

Properties – Oubah Romana

Properties – Margaret Davy

Wardrobe – Cherry Briggs

Wardrobe – Maggi Pierce

Wardrobe – Zoey Attree

Set Design & Construction – Sue Chaplin

Set Design & Construction – Dave Collis

Set Design & Construction – David Comber

Set Design & Construction – Carl Gray

Set Design & Construction – Peter Harrison

Set Design & Construction – Sheila Neesham

Set Design & Construction – Martin Oakley

Set Design & Construction – Margaret Davy

Design – Natalie Notley

Publicity – Anna Quick

Publicity – Rosemary Brown

Publicity – Rosemary Bouchy

Front of House – Betty Dawes


Programme Note #1: Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead

NN wrote: “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are constantly bewildered at finding themselves caught up in a much bigger drama – Shakespeare’s Hamlet – in which they play only a minor part. Their old college friend Hamlet happens to be the Prince of Denmark. They are summoned to court to find that Hamlet’s father has suddenly died, and that his uncle has taken over the throne and has promptly married Hamlet’s mother.

The new king, Claudius, asks Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to find out what they can about Hamlet’s state of mind – which understandably is a bit unbalanced by recent events. Has Hamlet gone mad – or is he just pretending, as a cunning tactic before seeking revenge on Claudius and his mother?

When a troupe of actors arrives at court, Hamlet gets them to stage a play, revealing that he must have murdered Hamlet’s father to seize the throne. He packs Hamlet off to England, with secret instructions that the English king should have Hamlet put to death. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are ordered to escort Hamlet there by sea, but Hamlet still has more tricks to pull.

By the end of Shakespeare’s play, however, Hamlet himself is dead – and so are his wicked uncle Claudius, his mother Gertrude, his former girlfriend Ophelia, her father Polonius and her brother Laertes. And so too, we are told in passing are Rosencrantz and Guildenstern.

That’s what tragedy is all about…”