Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Jumpers and The Real Thing

Text and Performance

  • Authors
  • Robert Gordon

Part of the Text and Performance book series (TEPE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-8
  2. Text

    1. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

    2. Jumpers

    3. The Real Thing

      1. Robert Gordon
        Pages 42-46
      2. Robert Gordon
        Pages 46-55
  3. Performance

    1. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead — Old Vic, 1967

    2. Jumpers — Old Vic, 1972

      1. Robert Gordon
        Pages 73-83
      2. Robert Gordon
        Pages 83-88
      3. Robert Gordon
        Pages 89-92
    3. The Real Thing — Strand Theatre, 1982

      1. Robert Gordon
        Pages 92-94
      2. Robert Gordon
        Pages 94-102
      3. Robert Gordon
        Pages 102-105
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 106-110

About this book


Very few modern plays have generated as much excitement in the theatre as Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Jumpers and The Real Thing. Are they merely witty entertainments or do they demand consideration as serious works of dramatic art? The metatheatrical form of each of the plays is shown to reflect Stoppard's view that the human race has suffered an irreversible fall from grace. Part I analyses how philosophical themes are articulated through the travesty of clichd literary and theatrical forms. Part II evokes a sense of the dazzling comic experience created by the first performance of each play.


Analyse Comic drama Hamlet theatre Tom Stoppard

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