Thursday 16th – Saturday 18th February 2017, 7:30pm, Robinson College Auditorium

Brickhouse is bringing ‘Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead’, Tom Stoppard’s imaginative twist on one of the greatest theatrical classics, Hamlet, to the Robinson stage. This modern rewriting of Shakespeare, told through the hilarious experiences of the play’s most insignificant characters, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, ponders some pretty existential things like death and eternity, but their dialogue is packed with word-play and jokes, and Stoppard is absolutely brilliant at mixing comedy and absurdism.

The show is directed by Callum Hill, a first-year English student at Fitzwilliam: “I’m really excited to bring ‘Rosencrantz and Guidenstern Are Dead’ to the Cambridge theatre scene. When the play has been performed in the past it has largely been done so in the old-style Renaissance costumes etc, and I think it could be fun to throw some more anachronisms in with the costumes/props, in order to really make the show our own. Our production really plays with ideas about identity and self-awareness, and highlights the absurdity of the play.”

The cast preparing for the show has more members than the show has characters, due to an innovative spin to the theme of futility and meaninglessness of identity, a playful approach to the tragicomic characters of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. The show promises great fun and loads of amusing nonsense coming from individuals lost in a world even more meaningless than themselves, and a little therapy for existential crisis, a phenomenon all Cambridge (or Wittenberg?) students are familiar with.

‘Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead’ runs from Thursday 16th to Saturday 18th February at 7:30pm in the Robinson College Auditorium. Tickets are only £8 (£6 concession) and can be purchased online:

More details about this, and all the other shows taking to the Brickhouse stage can be found on our website: or on our social media channels: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@BrickhouseTC).

And don’t forget: ‘Songs for a New World’ opens tonight at 7:45pm and is certainly not a show to be missed! Tickets available online and on the door.

We look forward to seeing you at the Brickhouse soon!