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Rosencrantz and Guildenstern

Length: 24 mins

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Summary

This play is a hilarious spoof of the original Shakespeare tragedy.

In the author's own words: 

King Claudius, when a young man, wrote a five-act tragedy which was damned, and all reference to it forbidden under penalty of death. The King has a son - Hamlet - whose tendency to soliloquize has so alarmed his mother, Queen Gertrude, that she has sent for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to devise some Court revels for his entertainment. Rosencrantz is a former lover of Ophelia, to whom Hamlet is betrothed, and they lay their heads together to devise a plan by which Hamlet may be put out of the way. Some Court theatricals are in preparation. Ophelia and Rosencrantz persuade Hamlet to play his father's tragedy before the King and Court. Hamlet, who is unaware of the proscription, does so, and he is banished, and Rosencrantz happily united to Ophelia.    

Cast

Narrator - Tomas Peter
Hamlet - Tom Saer
Queen Gertrude - Linda Barrans
King Claudius - Alan Weyman
Guildenstern - Mark Crowle-Groves
Rosencrantz and "He" - Tom Fisher
Ophelia and "She" - Leanne Yau     

Audio edited by Leanne Yau

Public Domain (P)2019 The Online Stage

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