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Rosencrantz and Guildenstern

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Rosencrantz and Guildenstern

English dramatist Sir William Schwenck Gilbert (1836-1911) is best known for his 14 comic operas he produced with Sir Arthur Sullivan that include the H.M.S. Pinafore, The Pirates of Penzance, and The Mikado. Gilbert was born in London and wrote more than 75 plays in addition to poems and lyrics during his lifetime. His work inspired other dramatists including Oscar Wilde and George Bernard Shaw. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern was published in 1874 and first performed in London in 1891. Gilbert played the role of Claudius in two performances in 1902 and 1908.