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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.


Tuesday, May 12, 7:30pm
Tickets available one hour prior to the performance; cash only

Brews and Banter
Thursday, May 21, 6:30pm
Join us for a pre-performance discussion with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead cast members, Michael Doherty and Brynn Tucker. 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

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.

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