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Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead is a play by Tom Stoppard, adapted for radio by Gordon House. It was first broadcast on the BBC World Service on 17 October 1983.

Other radio versions were produced in 1978 and 2007


Two marginal characters from Hamlet and what they do "offstage" Shakespeare's plot. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern inhabit a Beckett-like world beyond their comprehension, and they set out on a journey unsure of where they are going or who they themselves are.


  • Rosencrantz - Nigel Anthony
  • Guildenstern - Nicky Hanson
  • The Player - Jack May
  • Hamlet - John Duttine
  • Claudius - Peter Vaughn
  • Gertrude - Marcia Warren
  • Ophelia - Eileen Tully
  • Polonius - Cyril Shaps
  • English Ambassador - Mark Jones
  • Tragedians - Cyril Shaps, Alex Jennings, James Bryce, Michael Jenner, Raymond Sawyer

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