Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Starring Tim Minchin and Toby Schmitz, Begins Sydney Run

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.

Tim Minchin
Tim Minchin

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.

Simon Phillips, who helmed Priscilla Queen of the Desert and the revamped Australian production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Love Never Dies, directs Stoppard's play.

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.