ROSENCRANTZ & GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD
Tom Stoppard

director

Marco Martins

cast

Beatriz Batarda, Bruno Nogueira, Gonçalo Waddington, Joana de Verona, Jorge Mota, Nuno Lopes, Pedro Cruzeiro, Romeu Costa and Alexandre Calçada, Ana Mafalda Pereira, Ana Maia, Carolina Amaral, Fábio Costa, Luís Puto, Maria Quintelas, Ricardo Soares, Tiago Sarmento (ESMAE, cast at TNSJ) and Alice Medeiros, Inês Gonçalves, Joana Chandelier, Luís Moreira, Mafalda Jara, Marc Xavier, Miriam Santos, Susana Gomes ACT (cast at CCB)
Image

“I write plays because dialogue is the most respectful way of contradicting myself”, Tom Stoppard once said, the British author who conquered the front line of contemporary drama with Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (1966). The play is a “comedy of ideas” that puts two secondary characters from Shakespeare’s Hamlet in an existentialist drift. Sent by the Prince of Denmark’s uncle, who hoped to contain his nephew’s anger and unravel the origin of his madness, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are welcomed by Gertrude and Claudius. They soon become lost in their mission, unable to understand the world around them, as well as the geography of the place they occupy in the plot. On their way to Elsinore, the name of the place where theatre thinks about itself, they ask “Who are we?” A question that acts as starting point to triggering an onstage reflection about the labyrinths of identity and the vertigo of acting. At the centre of this inquiry are, now and forever, the actors, creatures that, being so many, are “the same side of two coins” or “the two sides of the same coin”.

Technical sheet

by Tom Stoppard
translated by João Paulo Esteves da Silva
director Marco Martins
cast Beatriz Batarda, Bruno Nogueira, Gonçalo Waddington, Joana de Verona, Jorge Mota, Nuno Lopes, Pedro Cruzeiro, Romeu Costa
and Alexandre Calçada, Ana Mafalda Pereira, Ana Maia, Carolina Amaral, Fábio Costa, Luís Puto, Maria Quintelas, Ricardo Soares, Tiago Sarmento (ESMAE, cast at TNSJ) and Alice Medeiros, Inês Gonçalves, Joana Chandelier, Luís Moreira, Mafalda Jara, Marc Xavier, Miriam Santos, Susana Gomes ACT (cast at CCB)

music (live) Noiserv
set designer Artur Pinheiro
costume designer Isabel Carmona
lighting designer Nuno Meira
photography João Tuna

production director Narcisa Costa
production’s assistant Pedro Cruzeiro
Arena Ensemble¬’s managing director Marta Delgado Martins
co-production Arena Ensemble, Teatro Nacional S. João and Centro Cultural de Belém
sponsors ESMAE and ACT
rating 12+
duration 2h30mins with intermission
first performed 11th April 2013, Teatro Nacional São João, Porto

FECHAR

Image
©TUNA_TNSJ