QAC hams up Hamlet with Tom Stoppard play

QAC hams up Hamlet with Tom Stoppard play

Main pic: The Player (Peter Calkins, rear) directs a group of travelling actors, including, from left, Jonathan Letellier Black and John Niederreiter, in Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, the Quebec Art Company’s spring 2015 theatre production.

Submitted by the Quebec Art Company

The Quebec Art Company is once again hard at work, putting the finishing touches on Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, an absurdist retelling of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet written by Tom Stoppard.

The cast and crew have been in rehearsal since early February in preparation for the mid-April run of a play that promises to amuse, bemuse and bewilder.

“As if Shakespeare’s play were not twisted enough, Stoppard turns the tale on its head by telling it from the perspective of the two comic-relief characters who are unwittingly dispatched to deliver Hamlet to his death,” said Michael Bourguignon, a well-known QAC actor who is taking his first turn at directing.

“Rosencrantz and Guildenstern stumble along their journey, musing about the absurdity of life and death, all the while oblivious to the fact that they have zero control over either. It’s a wonderful play for people who like to think and laugh at the same time,” he added.

QAC’s spring production runs April 16-19 at Holland School (940, avenue Ernest-Gagnon). Opening night, April 16, is already sold out. To reserve tickets for any of the other performances, call (418) 254-6552.

Visit for further details about Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead and the Quebec Art Company.

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