Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

By Tom Stoppard

  • Release Date: 2007-12-01
  • Genre: Theater
Score: 4
From 55 Ratings
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Acclaimed as a modern dramatic masterpiece, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead is the fabulously inventive tale of Hamlet as told from the worm’s-eve view of the bewildered Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, two minor characters in Shakespeare’s play. In Tom Stoppard’s best-known work, this Shakespearean Laurel and Hardy finally get a chance to take the lead role, but do so in a world where echoes of Waiting for Godot resound, where reality and illusion intermix, and where fate leads our two heroes to a tragic but inevitable end.

Tom Stoppard was catapulted into the front ranks of modem playwrights overnight when Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead opened in London in 1967. Its subsequent run in New York brought it the same enthusiastic acclaim, and the play has since been performed numerous times in the major theatrical centers of the world. It has won top honors for play and playwright in a poll of London Theater critics, and in its printed form it was chosen one of the “Notable Books of 1967” by the American Library Association.


  • Why?

    By Arch Fline
    To be honest I find it hard to fathom how there can be so many syntax errors in this digital copy. I own the paper version and after review have found none of the same errors that I have in this version. For $11.00 I expected far better; digital copies like this give iBooks a poor reputation so I have to only wonder, why does it seem that this version has not been at the very least looked at by even the worst editor out there.
  • Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

    By Collado28
    Very short, fast reading. Weak plot
  • Great play, bad transcription

    By SupermanIsEnvious
    I love this play. I bought the digital version in order to have a copy I could pull out and read anytime. I will up the rating if these errors can be fixed. Major problem: I've counted over twenty typos and transcription errors in the first 25 pages. It's as if the play was scanned to text and ten not proofread. I normally wouldn't care, but I paid $13 for this copy, and I shouldn't have to stop and try to decide if Stoppard meant to have a '1' or an 'I' in the dialogue on almost every page.