History Theatre / RosencrantzAndGuildensternAreDead

7th Jan '17 10:11:46 AM nombretomado
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There is much literate and [[{{Absurdism}} absurdist]] humor in this play, angling into philosophy. The play has become highly influential and helped cement the ThoseTwoGuys trope in modern literature. The perspective flip has also left a mark on culture: whereas the 1948 LaurenceOlivier film of ''Hamlet'' omitted Rosencrantz and Guildenstern because, well, they were minor characters, modern productions now treat the characters as integral to the plot and often briefly reference Stoppard.

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There is much literate and [[{{Absurdism}} absurdist]] humor in this play, angling into philosophy. The play has become highly influential and helped cement the ThoseTwoGuys trope in modern literature. The perspective flip has also left a mark on culture: whereas the 1948 LaurenceOlivier Creator/LaurenceOlivier film of ''Hamlet'' omitted Rosencrantz and Guildenstern because, well, they were minor characters, modern productions now treat the characters as integral to the plot and often briefly reference Stoppard.
14th Dec '16 7:38:44 AM Prinzenick
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* SlidingScaleOfAdaptationModification: Type 5. Aside from the newer content, the inserts from ''Hamlet'' are taken verbatim from the original play.
10th Oct '16 9:58:19 AM Solle
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A 1966 play by Creator/TomStoppard. A PerspectiveFlip of ''{{Theatre/Hamlet}}'', heavily inspired by ''Theatre/WaitingForGodot''. The 1990 film version (also directed by Stoppard) is the best known adaptation. It stars Creator/GaryOldman as Rosencrantz, Creator/TimRoth as Guildenstern, and Creator/RichardDreyfuss as the Player.

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A 1966 play by Creator/TomStoppard. A PerspectiveFlip of ''{{Theatre/Hamlet}}'', heavily inspired by ''Theatre/WaitingForGodot''. The 1990 film version (also directed by Stoppard) is the best known adaptation. It stars Creator/GaryOldman as Rosencrantz, Creator/TimRoth as Guildenstern, and Creator/RichardDreyfuss as the Player.
14th Sep '16 11:48:50 AM Speedball
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** The Player, on the other hand, ''absolutely'' has MediumAwareness and has accepted it, which is probably why he's so cheerfully sardonic about everything. If all the world's a stage, that's fine, because he needs an audience.


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--> '''Guildenstern:''' ''There must have been a moment... at the beginning, when we could have said "no." Somehow we missed it. Well... we'll know better next time.''
--> '''Player:''' ''Till then.''
15th Aug '16 8:37:32 PM mlsmithca
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-->'''Rosencrantz''': You would think this [ball] would fall faster than this [feather], wouldn't you? *drops them* [[spoiler:...And you'd be absolutely right.]]

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-->'''Rosencrantz''': You would think this [ball] would fall faster than this [feather], wouldn't you? *drops them* [[spoiler:...''[drops them]'' [[spoiler:''[the feather, encountering more air resistance, is much the slower to fall]''...And you'd be absolutely right.]]
17th Jun '16 1:46:26 AM PaulA
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* ShoutOut: The Player's definition of tragedy is a misquote of OscarWilde's definition of fiction in ''Theatre/TheImportanceOfBeingEarnest''.
--> '''The Player''': We're tragedians, you see. We follow directions – there is no choice involved. The bad end unhappily, the good unluckily. That is what tragedy means.

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* ShoutOut: The Player's definition of tragedy is a misquote of OscarWilde's Creator/OscarWilde's definition of fiction in ''Theatre/TheImportanceOfBeingEarnest''.
--> '''The Player''': -->'''The Player:''' We're tragedians, you see. We follow directions -- there is no choice involved. The bad end unhappily, the good unluckily. That is what tragedy means.
21st May '16 9:08:19 AM skymapper
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* TheatricsOfPain: Demonstrated when Guildenstern seizes the Player's dagger and tries to stab him to death. Guildenstern thinks the Player has been KilledOffForReal, when the Tragedians start applauding and congratulating the Player on a death scene well played. (He considers his own performance "merely competent.")

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* TheatricsOfPain: Demonstrated when Guildenstern seizes the Player's dagger and tries to stab him to death. Guildenstern thinks the Player has been KilledOffForReal, when the Tragedians start applauding and congratulating the Player on a death scene well played. (He (The Player considers his own performance to be "merely competent.")
12th Feb '16 11:03:56 AM Narsil
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* TheDividual: Taken UpToEleven with Rosencrantz & Guildenstern. Even ''they themselves'' can't tell which one is which.

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* TheDividual: Taken UpToEleven with Rosencrantz & Guildenstern. Even ''they themselves'' can't tell which one is which.[[note]]The script gives them names for convenience—the more self-aware, neurotic one is "Guildenstern", the more cheerful, dim-witted one is "Rosencrantz"—and these names are conventionally used when actors are listed in the playbill. But the text of the play itself is very careful not to give any clue which is which; "Rosencrantz" answers to both names without noticing it.[[/note]]
** This goes back to a joke in ''{{Theatre/Hamlet}}''. When R and G appear at court, the King addresses them with "Thanks Rosencrantz, and gentle Guildenstern", and the Queen says "Thanks Guildenstern, and gentle Rosencrantz." Though the script doesn't say so, this is almost invariably performed as the Queen correcting the King, who mixed their names up.
11th Feb '16 10:54:21 AM SickBoy
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9th Jan '16 12:33:09 PM ading
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* TheDividual: Taken UpToEleven with Rosencrantz & Guildenstern. Even ''they themselves'' can't tell which one is which.



* HeterosexualLifePartners: The titular duo
* HeroOfAnotherStory: The titular characters for Theatre/{{Hamlet}}.

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* HeterosexualLifePartners: The titular duo
duo.
* TheHeroDies: [[ForegoneConclusion As the title suggests]], Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are executed as in ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}''.
* HeroOfAnotherStory: The titular characters for Theatre/{{Hamlet}}.Theatre/{{Hamlet}}, natch.
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