Lauded play has five dates starting Feb. 19

River Run Centre is presenting Touch­mark Theatre, Guelph’s profes­sional theatre company, and Tom Stoppard’s comedy Ros­en­crantz and Guildenstern are Dead.

Douglas Beatti­e, Artistic Director of Touchmark, recent­ly announced the casting the play, which will run for five performances from Feb. 19 to 22, in the Co-operators Hall.

Rosencrantz and Guilden­stern are Dead is Shake­speare’s Hamlet as experienced by two minor characters who spend a lot of time waiting in the wings. As Hamlet observes in his own play, “the time is out of joint.”

Stoppard took London’s the­atre scene by storm in 1967 with the play. Its Broadway opening later the same year met with similarly enthusiastic plau­d­its and won the 1968 Tony Award for best play.

The cast of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead consists of ten actors with a wealth of experience with Shakespeare and the classics.

Stratford Festival favourite Brian Tree and award-winning Toronto actor and playwright Eric Woolfe have appeared in Touchmark productions before. Damien Atkins (Guildenstern) and Shane Carty (Rosencrantz) will make their Touchmark de­buts.

Carty played prominent or leading roles in three recent Stratford seasons. Atkin’s re­cent credits include Frost-Nixon for CanStage and The Way of the World, The Care­taker, King Lear and The Im­por­tance of Being Earnest for Soulpepper.

The cast includes Alison Deon (Ophelia), Michele Kaye (Alfred), David Mackett (the Player King), Patric Masurke­vitch (Polonius), Andrew Sab­is­ton (Claudius) and Lara Rose Tansey (Gertrude).

Tickets are on sale at the River Run Centre box office, and range from $20 to $30 with discounts available for students and seniors, and eyeGO in effect.

They may be purchased, at 519-763-3000 or in person at the box office.