Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead has endured as a masterpiece of existential theater. Tom Stoppard’s gleefully absurdist riff on Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Rosencrantz thrusts two supporting characters from the Bard’s tragedy into the spotlight, finding humor in the narrative’s cruel twists of fate while deconstructing the theater itself. Stoppard, an accomplished writer of works such as the acclaimed Arcadia and cult-classic films like Brazil, also parlayed his love of the Elizabethan playwright into the Academy Award-winning screenplay for Shakespeare in Love. Borrowing the cast of the Colorado Shakespeare Festival’s Hamlet, the local production of the Tony Award-winning play premieres at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, July 21, at the University Theatre on the CU Boulder campus, and closes on August 13. Visit cupresents.org to learn more and buy tickets, which start at $20.
Since its debut at the 1966 Edinburgh Fringe Festival,