Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Starring Tim Minchin and Toby Schmitz, Begins Sydney Run
06 Aug 2013
Matilda songwriter Tim Minchin and Toby Schmitz co-star in the Sydney Theatre Company production of Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, which begins performances Aug. 6 in Australia.
Minchin, a Tony Award nominee and Olivier Award winner for penning the score to Matilda the Musical, and Schmitz (Travesties) star in the titular roles. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead will run through Sept. 14.
The cast also features Paul Cutlan, John Gaden, George Kemp, Angus King, Ewen Leslie, Heather Mitchell, Nicholas Papademetriou, Berynn Schwerdt, Christopher Stollery, Aaron Tsindos, Adele Querol and Tim Walter.
Here's how it's billed: "In Tom Stoppard's evergreen comic masterpiece, the hapless pair's last days are chronicled; days largely spent trying to make sense of their interactions with other characters as the epic Hamlet unspools just off stage. In the hands of director Simon Phillips, the wit and playfulness of Stoppard's writing will be front and centre."
It has set and costume design by Gabriela Tylesova, lighting design by Nick Shlieper, sound design by Steve Francis and original music and musical direction by Alan John.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.