Famous Comedy in Tideswell this May

The famous comedy Rosencrantz and Guildentstern are Dead is Tideswell Community Players’ spring play. Performed this month, it celebrates 85 years of theatre in the village.

It is a great choice for this anniversary year, as Tom Stopard’s funny play is, among other things, about acting and performance. It is staged in the magnificent setting of Tideswell Church, so successfully used in other recent productions (The Accrington Pals, The Stirrings in Sheffield, The Flint Street Nativity). Make sure you see it!

In a witty and insightful way, Tom Stoppard makes us look at our lives and how we all play roles, wear different hats and have to make choices about how to ‘act’ even when our choice is not to act! We’re all so used to seeing ourselves now on CCTV, reality TV, Facebook and selfies, that it does seem as though Shakespeare was right when he said, “All the world’s a stage”. In the play this involves quick-fire comedy as the characters struggle to understand their roles.

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are two minor characters from Shakespeare’s Hamlet. In Stoppard’s play they find themselves taking centre stage. It’s a classic comedy double act. But, like in a bad dream, they don”t seem to know their lines or their motivation. Nor do they know who on earth all the other characters are who keep sweeping in and out of their lives on and off the stage. Their confusion is comical, sometimes poignant and occasionally quite dark.

Tideswell Community Players have an excellent reputation for tackling all kinds of plays, including another Stoppard play The Real Inspector Hound some years ago. TCP have had great fun interpreting this one for your entertainment. There are surprises, games of chance, royal intrigue, spies, a boat bound for England, a letter mix up, some Danes and even a rotten swede! Come along to see this comedy with a difference and help celebrate this special year.

7:30pm Thursday 21st May to Saturday 23rd May in St John the Baptist Church, Tideswell. Tickets £8 and £6 (concessions) from Tideswell Post Office and Litton Shop or buy tickets online at tideswelltheatre.ticketsource.co.uk (small charge applies). Otherwise book by emailing theatre@tideswell.net or phone 01298 871063.

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