Auckland Theatre Company's revival of the show that captured the swinging spirit of the 1960s highlights UK playwright Tom Stoppard's brilliant sense of theatricality.

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead flips the script on Shakespeare's gloomy masterpiece Hamlet and offers tantalising glimpses of how it might appear to a pair of bit part players who feel trapped in a world without meaning.

The play still resonates as a significant artefact of the Absurdist tradition but it also reminds us that many of the things which were outrageously rebellious in the 1960s are now almost banal. I

n the age of Reality

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