Three-act stage play. Revision of the one-act play Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Meet King Lear, written in 1964. First performed by the Oxford Theatre Group at Cranston Street Hall, Edinburgh, on August 24, 1966. First professional performance was given by the National Theatre Company (dir. Derek Goldby) at the Old Vic Theatre, London, on April 11, 1967. First US production at the Alvin Theatre, NYC (dir. Derek Goldby), on October 16, 1967 (transferred to the Eugene O'Neill Theatre on January 8, 1968).
Major revivals include productions at the Young Vic, London (dir. Bernard Goss; July 8, 1974), Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh (dir. Stephen MacDonald; April 13, 1978), the Young Vic, London (dir. Michael Bogdanov; October 16, 1979), Roundabout Theatre production at the Union Square Theatre, NYC (dir. Robert Carsen; April 29, 1987), and the National Theatre production at the Lyttelton Theatre, London (dir. Matthew Francis; December 15, 1995). This play was also adapted for the screen in 1990.
- Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
- Faber and Faber, 1967; 96pp
- Grove Press, 1967; 126pp
- Faber and Faber [pb], 1968 [ISBN: 0571081827] 96pp *
- Grove Press [pb, Black Cat edition], 1968 [ISBN: 0394172604]
- Grove Press [pb], 196? [ISBN: 080213033X] 126pp
- Samuel French [pb], 1970 [ISBN: 0573013381] 68pp *
- Grove Press/Atlantic [pb], 1988 [ISBN: 0802132758] 126pp *
(hardcover rebound in library binding, ISBN: 0833553887)
- Evergreen Review #53, Mar. 1968
- Nine Plays of the Modern Theater ed. Harold Clurman
- Grove Press [pb], 1981 [ISBN: 0802150322]