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Hamlet's demise
Posted by: robert (
Date: October 08, 2005 11:05AM

I was a bit morose that this fforum hadn't had a lot of hits lately so I thought I'd ask a couple of stupid questions:

1. Sometimes Ros and Guil are onstage during 'Hamlet', but when offstage during Shakespeare they are onstage during Stoppard's 'Ros and Guil are Dead'. When do they get their tea break?

2. If Hamlet is such a procrastinator, how is it that he decides to make such a radical decision as to leave Elsinore?

3. Is there a Yorick acting out a backstory somewhere?

Re: Hamlet's demise
Posted by: Branfish (
Date: October 20, 2005 02:06AM

Who are Ros and Guil?

And why did you title this thread "Hamlet's demise"?


"We are born alone, and we die alone. In between, how about a drink?"
~ Mr. Nutty

Re: Hamlet's demise
Posted by: tieff (
Date: October 20, 2005 09:24AM

1. When neither of the plays is being read.
2. He didn't make that decision.
3. Who knows?

Re: Hamlet's demise
Posted by: Puck (
Date: November 10, 2005 10:58PM

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are onstage continuously until the final moments of R & G are Dead. For them, it's the theatrical equivalent of a first person narrative.
(It's funny that I didn't pick up on that until I reread the play just now -- they sort of make a point of it. That's what's great about rereading things: something different pops out at you every time.)

Metaphors be with you!

Re: Hamlet's demise
Posted by: splatworking why? on Sunday... (195.213.113.---)
Date: November 13, 2005 10:34AM

1 When it's tea time.

2 He was relocated on doctor's orders.

3 Sure. A subterranean one.

You vant stupid? I do stupid.

Re: Hamlet's demise
Posted by: Unbound Element (
Date: February 05, 2006 06:29PM

1. They have generics stand in for them from time to time.
2. The C of G sent him away, so he never made a decision himself.
3. That would be a rather distant backstory, don't you think? Seems easier to just construct a skull and build in the memory.

Um? Game?

Re: Hamlet's demise
Posted by: Anonymous User (
Date: March 01, 2006 12:57AM

It's not very well known that the generic who played Yorick's skull lobbied for a more of a role for 100's of years....and was FINALLY given a minor part in a Daphne Farquitt self-published novel from the 1930's......alas!

Re: Hamlet's demise
Posted by: robert (
Date: March 01, 2006 12:08PM

I saw a comic dance version of the "Yorrick" scene and I understood it (in a complete sense, I suppose) for the first time in my life.
The dancers/ actors bounced a balloon around for a while, completely fell over themselves about Yorrick; so that when Ophelia arrived the jolt into the reality of death was actually frightening for the audience because we, too, had been laughing about it, in what we had thought to be a solely 'clowning' episode.

Re: Hamlet's demise
Posted by: Puck (
Date: May 17, 2006 06:06PM


Metaphors be with you!

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