Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

By Tom Stoppard
Directed by Aaron Posner
Folger Theatre
May 12 – Jun 28, 2015
$30 - $75

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead is now extended through June 28


In a world where heads always wins and pirates can happen to anyone, this fabulously inventive, existentialist tragicomedy thrusts two of Shakespeare’s most incidental characters into the limelight.

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern have been summoned to Elsinore by the king. Their purpose: to glean what afflicts Hamlet. The intrepid, if somewhat bewildered, travelers make their journey, meeting a ragtag group of players along the way. Unsure of both the game and the rules, the until-now-unsung heroes are destined for a more chilling end.

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Special performances

Tuesday, May 12, 7:30pm
Tickets available beginning at 5pm at the box office window; cash only.

Brews and Banter
Thursday, May 21, 6:30pm
Join our young patrons for a pre-performance discussion with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead cast members Ian Merrill Peakes (The Player) Brynn Tucker (Ophelia). A beer reception with light fare is included. $15.

College Night
Friday, May 22, 8pm
$15 tickets with valid student ID

Pre-Show Talk
Wednesday, May 27, 6:30pm
A scholarly, insightful discussion of the play with Folger Director Michael Witmore. Includes light fare reception. $15. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Post-Show Talk with Cast
Thursday, June 4
Following the 7:30pm performance

Poets Respond
Friday, June 5, 6:30pm, Free
Poet Sandra Beasley and members of the Madeira Slam Poetry Team respond with poetry to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.

Sunday, June 14, 2pm
Call the box office at (202) 544-7077 for details.
Folger Theatre's open-captioned performances are generously sponsored by Vinton and Sigrid Cerf.

Folger Friday
Friday, June 19, 6:30pm, Free
Folger Librarian Daniel DeSimone explores the new exhibition, Ships Clocks and Stars

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.


Season Sponsors:
Helen and David Kenney and Family
The Millay Family
Neal T. Turtell

Lead Production Sponsor:
Ann K. Morales

Production Media Sponsor:
Maryland Public Television 

Contributing Sponsors:
David and Margaret Gardner

Associate Sponsors:     
Louis and Bonnie Cohen
Barbra Eaton and Ed Salners
Julianna Mahley
Pam McFarland and Brian Hagenbuch
William and Louisa Newlin
Gail Kern Paster
Scott and Liz Vance

This production is supported in part by an Art Works award from the National Endowment for the Arts.