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Soulpepper Stages Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern

The Young Centre hosts Soulpepper Theatre Company’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

STARTS FEBRUARY 7  Soulpepper Theatre Company opens its new season with a contemporary favourite that takes its cues from a timeless masterpiece. Turning Hamlet on its head, Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead follows two minor courtiers in Shakespeare’s tale; ordered to help plot Hamlet’s death, it is they who are outwitted and then killed. Directed by Joseph Ziegler, the metatheatrical work brings to the fore what otherwise would have occurred off-stage in the Bard’s tragedy, exploring existentialist themes like fate, control and the conflict between art and reality. Young Centre for the Performing Arts, $22 to $68; call 416-866-8666 or see Soulpepper’s website for showtimes and tickets.  —Ana Taveira

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