Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead


In a world where pirates can happen to anyone, this fabulously inventive existentialist tragicomedy is a veritable feast of wordplay and wit.

Winner of four Tony Awards, including “Best Play,” ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD thrusts two of Shakespeare’s most incidental characters into the limelight. Courtiers and close compatriots Rosencrantz and Guildenstern find themselves in Elsinore with the dubious task of identifying what afflicts their childhood friend Hamlet. Can this bewildered duo manage to keep their heads as they engage with a ragtag group of bedraggled players, find themselves on the high seas, and are attacked by a band of pirates? 

The New York Times hailed Stoppard's early play as "Very funny, very brilliant, very chilling."

Presented by Folger Theatre

Show Type
Running Time
140 minutes
(1 Intermission)
Appropriate For All Ages Price Ranges
$35 - $75

Discount Tickets Available $30 rush tix available 1-hour prior to show; discounts offered to students, seniors, educators, military, & groups

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Box Office Phone: 202-544-7077

Schedule Open/Close Dates: 05/12/2015 - 06/28/2015
Sunday 02:00pm07:00pm-
Monday ---
Tuesday 07:30pm--
Wednesday 07:30pm--
Thursday 07:30pm--
Friday 08:00pm--
Saturday 02:00pm08:00pm-
Important Dates

Special Performances

  • 05/12/2015 - 7:30pm Pay-What-You-Can
  • 05/22/2015 - 8:00pm College Night
  • 05/27/2015 - 6:30pm Pre-Show Talk
  • 06/04/2015 - 7:30pm Post-Show Talk with Cast
  • 05/21/2015 - 6:30pm Brews & Banter: Brynn Tucker
  • 06/05/2015 - 6:30pm Folger Friday: Poets Respond

Extra Performances

  • 06/23/2015 - 7:30pm
  • 06/24/2015 - 7:30pm
  • 06/25/2015 - 7:30pm
  • 06/26/2015 - 8:00pm
  • 06/27/2015 - 2:00pm
  • 06/27/2015 - 8:00pm
  • 06/28/2015 - 2:00pm
  • 06/28/2015 - 7:00pm

Dark Days

  • 05/19/2015 - 7:30pm

Open Caption

  • 06/14/2015 - 2:00pm
Performer Role
Ian Merrill Peakes The Player
Kimberly Schraf Gertrude
Brynn Tucker Ophelia
Craig Wallace Claudius
Rachel Zampelli Soldier, Tragedian, Player Poisoner
Jacob Yeh Fortinbras, Tragedian, Cloaked Figure 1
Maggie Donnelly Horatio, Tragedian, Cloaked Figure 2
Luis Alberto Gonzalez Ambassador, Tragedian, Player King
Stephen Russell Murray Soldier, Alfred, Player Queen
Adam Wesley Brown Guildenstern
Biko Eisen-Martin Hamlet
Andy Prosky Polonius
Romell Witherspoon Rosencrantz
Production Personnel
Tom Stoppard
Aaron Posner
Costume Designer
Helen Q. Huang
Set Designer
Paige Hathaway
Sound Designer
Eric Shimelonis
Lighting Designer
Thom Weaver
Eric Shimelonis
Michele Osherow, Resident Dramaturg
Marne Anderson, Production Stage Manager


Folger Theatre
201 East Capitol Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003

Getting There

  • Capitol South (Blue/Orange Lines)
  • Union Station (Red Line)


  • Street parking


  • This venue is wheelchair accessible.
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The Promo

What's A Hamlet?