_”Two Elizabethans pass the time in a place without any visible character. They are well dressed – hats, cloaks, sticks and all. Each of them has a large money bag. Guildenstern’s bag is nearly empty. Rosencrantz’s bag is almost full.” (Stage Direction)
Stoppard has the brilliant idea of building a play around two minor characters in Shakespeare’s Hamlet. They become a wonderful ‘double-act’ as they pass the time playing games with the Players and try to fathom out what’s happening to them. Occasionally Shakespeare’s play sweeps in and they become entangled again in history – always on the edge of big events.
Running Time 2 hours 40 Minutes