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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

2011 BHAC Full Length Drama Competition
– Best Director
– Best Actor : Guy Steddon

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“Breathtakingly well done”
– Brighton Argus –


Tom Harris – Rosencrantz

Guy Steddon – Guildenstern

Natalie Notley – The Player

Andy Etter – Hamlet

Sophie Lane – Ophelia

David Creedon – Claudius

Hazel Starns – Gertrude

Bob Ryder – Polonius

Judith Berrill – Horatio

Gill Medway – Ambassador

Luke Mepham – Player

Joe Gibbs – Player

Judith Berrill – Player

Gill Etter – Player

Hazel Starns – Player

Bob Ryder – Player


Production Crew

Assistant to DirectorFiona Cameron

Stage ManagerMartin Oakley

Deputy Stage ManagerHem Cleveland

LightingMike Medway

SoundJack Hudson

SoundIsi Fink

PropertiesOubah Romana

PropertiesMargaret Davy

WardrobeCherry Briggs

WardrobeMargaret Pierce

WardrobeZoey Attree

Set Design & ConstructionSue Chaplin

Set Design & ConstructionDavid Collis

Set Design & ConstructionDavid Comber

Set Design & ConstructionCarl Gray

Set Design & ConstructionPeter Harrison

Set Design & ConstructionSheila Neesham

Set Design & ConstructionMartin Oakley

Set Design & ConstructionMargaret Davy

DesignNatalie Notley

PublicityAnna Quick

PublicityRosemary Brown

PublicityRosemary Bouchy

Front of HouseBetty 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…”