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Nominated for 2006 CAT Award:
Best Supporting Actor (Play) - Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead 
Roger Beckmann as Player.


Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are characters created by Shakespeare for the purpose of drawing Hamlet’s condition a little more clearly. They are called to the court of Elsinore by Hamlet’s mother, Queen Gertrude, and his uncle, Claudius, newly crowned king and husband to Gertrude. This follows Hamlet’s father’s murder, and Hamlet’s consequent spiritual decline.

Their quest is to find out what is troubling Hamlet, being school friends as they were. A relatively simple task it would seem. In Tom Stoppard’s interpretation of the back story of these two incidental but crucial characters in Hamlet they get the chance to wonder out loud why they were required, and why they have to die.

And as you might guess by the title of the play, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern do die.

So a lot of the story is around Rosencrantz and Guildenstern’s quest for meaning for their existence. This quest is interrupted periodically by the certainty that comes with Shakespeare’s text and their interactions with the cast of Hamlet. The only thing they, or Stoppard, have to go on are the times Shakespeare writes them into the action of Hamlet. The rest is guesswork.

The Players wander in and out of the dual realities created by Shakespeare and Stoppard and so provide an important link between Elsinore and the journey. They provide the catalyst for the climax of Hamlet and for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead.

Ultimately there can be only one destination for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, as decreed by Shakespeare, as for us all. Stoppard tries to make us think about the journey.


Friday 18th Aug - 10:30am & 7:30pm
Saturday 19th Aug - 1:30pm & 7:30pm
Wednesday 23rd Aug - 7:30pm
Thursday 24th Aug - 10:30am & 7:30pm
Friday 25th Aug - 7:30pm
Saturday 26th Aug - 1:30pm & 7:30pm

At Belconnen Theatre
Cnr Chandler St and Swanson Court Belconnen
   Rosencrantz & Guildenstern   Player
Hamlet & Ophelia


Cast and Crew


Rosencrantz Peter Rousell
Guildenstern Ian Fallon 
Player Roger Beckmann
Alfred Andrew Topperwien
Hamlet Anthony Hall
Kat Brand
Andrew Johnston
Sherie Whitehorne
 Polonius Hugh Stevenson
 Player - King
Bart Black
 Player - Spy
Wicka Simet
 Player - Spy
Nick Matthews
 Player - Poisoner Clancy Lumb
Soldier to Claudius Cameron Elvin
 Lady-in-waiting to Gertrude Anne Murn
Hand Maiden to Ophelia Alicia Warren
Page Boy / Runner to the Court Will Topperwien
Horatio Gordon McIntyre
Ambassador Kim Wilson
Soldier / Fortinbras Alex Rogers

Production Team

Peter Fock Director
Justin Watson Producer / Stage Manager
Jenny Maclean Assistant Director
Adam Bluhm Score / Incidental Music
Fiona Leach Costume Designer
Nick Brightman Technical Manager
Anne Murn
Vicky Allen Movement Coach
Fiona Leach, Sandy Cassidy Costume Construction
Josh Mahony
Stage Crew
Wayne ShepherdSet Designer
Claire ConnellyPoster Graphic Design
Liz TopperwienProduction Assistant