Drama In the wings,
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This review is from: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (Paperback)
I first saw this play at the Edinburgh Festival, long before it became the property of the National Theater. It was remarkable then and a close reading of this text proves that it is one of Stoppard's greatest scripts.
The plot is simple. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are in the (metaphorical/literal) wings of the great events going on stage in Hamlet's struggle for vengeance on the man who murdered his father and usurped the throne.
R and G are 'bit players' in these tragic events and yet the plot unfolds through their eyes.
Brilliant device, making for thrilling but at times, profoundly disturbing, drama. The fact that these two 'spies' are themselves doomed only adds to the tension.