Alan Committie, in association with The Little Theatre and the UCT Drama Department will present Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Tom Stoppard’s masterful comedy and theatre classic.
Stoppard, an Academy Award winning author who wrote the film Shakespeare in Love and many other great plays and films, captivated audiences with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, a play that is the inverse of Hamlet and where the title characters are the leads instead of being minor players, with Hamlet himself only playing a small part.
The production concerns two of Hamlet’s friends, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, and follows their misadventures, musings and actions as the events of Shakespeare’s Hamlet occur in the background. In the production, the duo appears onstage when they are off-stage in the Bard’s play, with the exception of a few short scenes in which the dramatic events of both plays coincide. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead thus explores the comic journey of two amusing characters as they find themselves trapped within the world of Hamlet the play, destined to die and having to confront their fate.
Heading the supporting cast of senior UCT drama students are three professional and highly acclaimed actors, namely Alan Committie (Cape Town comic and alter-ego of Johan van der Walt from MNet’s Laugh Out Loud) as Rosencrantz, Rob Van Vuuren (Twakkie from the SABC comedy hit The Most Amazing Show) as Guildenstern and Neville Thomas (CAPAB actor, UCT alumni and the comic face – and force – behind the Tempest car hire adverts) as the Player King.
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead was preceded at each performance by a 12 and-a-half minute version of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. The presentation was fast, funny and frenetic, making it an ideal way to educate and entertain learners and remind us all of what occurred in the original text.
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead had a limited run from April 21st to May 5th 2007.
Written by Tom Stoppard
Directed by Christopher Weare
Starring Alan Committie, Rob van Vuuren and Neville Thomas