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Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead is a radio play by Tom Stoppard, a remake of the 1978 adaptation of his famed stage play. It was first broadcast on BBC Radio on 15 July 2007, as part of a celebration of Stoppard's 70th birthday.


The misadventures and musings of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, two minor characters from William Shakespeare's Hamlet who are friends of the Prince, focusing on their actions while the events of Hamlet occur as background.


  • Rosencrantz - Danny Webb
  • Guildenstern - Andrew Lincoln
  • Player - Desmond Barrit
  • Polonius - John Rowe
  • Ophelia - Abigail Hollick
  • Gertrude - Liza Sadovy
  • Claudius - Simon Treves
  • Hamlet - John Dougall
  • Ambassador - Jot Davies
  • Horatio - Anthony Glennon

Directed by Peter Kavanagh

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