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A Forty-Minute Coriolanus by Shakespeare, abridged Bill Tordoff
RolesMinimum Male roles = 19. Minimum Female roles = 3. Minimum total with doubling = 22. Minimum total without doubling = 30. Chorus. As usual with Shakespeare, most of the characters are male - but for your production, you can cast whomsoever you like!
Run TimeAround 40 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleAbridgement of William Shakespeare's tragedy 'Coriolanus', with the original text cut down to 40 minutes.
(The abridgement is copyrighted, so we charge for scripts and copying rights, but performances are royalty-free.)
SynopsisIn the early days of the Roman republic, Caius Martius Coriolanus is a brilliant Roman General, but contemptuous of the civilian population. After a successful military campaign against the Volsces (an Italian tribe), Coriolanus runs for Consul. He is supported by the Senate, but the common people are stirred-up to riot against him. Still contemptuous of the people, Corilanus is exciled from Rome and takes his revenge by leading the Volsces against Rome. His mother intervenes and persuades him to sign a peace treaty. Unfortunately, his Volscian allies see this as a betrayal, and Coriolanus pays the price.
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The Gala Programme by Tony Best
RolesMinimum Male roles = 3. Minimum Female roles = 1. Minimum total with doubling = 4. Minimum total without doubling = 4. No chorus. Whilst there isn't a formal requirement for a chorus, one could easily be added, as the protagonists refer to the reactions of crowd.
Run TimeAround 20 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleShort one-act play, adapting a story by Saki. Single set (as simple as you like). A comedy, if you have Saki's very dark sense of humour.
SynopsisA sufragette rebellion is projected back to Roman times. The Romans, needless to say, did not have very modern attitudes to female participation in the political process, and the emperor's solution to the problem is calculated to please the crowd of the circus maximus rather than twenty-first century sensibilities!
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I, Tiberius by Geoff Bamber
RolesMinimum Male roles = 6. Minimum Female roles = 5. Minimum total with doubling = 16. Minimum total without doubling = 17. No chorus. The numbers of soldiers and secret service agents can be treated flexibly.
Run TimeAround 45 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleOne-act comedy play for kids, set in Roman Britain. Single set (to the point of almost no set at all) and simple props, give or take the solid gold Egyptian statuette.
SynopsisWhen Tiberius Pompus arrives from Rome to take up a governorship in the wilderness that is Eastern Britain he is looking for peace and a quiet life. He has every faith in his long-suffering personal assistant, Flavia, and his military commander, Ludicrous. Unfortunately restless locals in the form of the Iceni tribe and in particular the ambitiously troublesome Boudicca prove a thorn in his side. What Tiberius needs least is a visit from newly-appointed Emperor and old school friend, Marcus Antonius, accompanied by the Emperor's girlfriend, the ultra-glamorous and even more ultra-temperamental Queen Cleopatra of Egypt. It is imperative that the Emperor's stay goes perfectly. It doesn't.
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Pompeii Up! by Sue Russell
RolesMinimum Male roles = 9. Minimum Female roles = 3. Minimum total with doubling = 25. Minimum total without doubling = 30. Chorus. Further parts could be added at the Producer's discretion.
Run TimeAround 20 minutes. [Estimated!] Variable timing with your choice of music.
MusicTwo musical suggestions are included with the Producer's copy of the script. Lazy Bee Scripts does not supply any sheet music with this script.
StyleA short one act play, suitable for a school assembly.
SynopsisIn this piece we have information and entertainment, with facts and figures from the eruption of Vesuvius - which buried Herculaneum and Pompeii.
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Pyramus and Thisbe by Nicholas Richards
RolesMinimum Male roles = 4. Minimum Female roles = 3. Minimum total with doubling = 8. Minimum total without doubling = 12. No chorus. Characters include a wall, a lioness, a statue and a mulberry tree. Aside from that, they are all normal. (Whilst there are three female characters - four if you count the lioness - they could, in Shakespearian fashion, be played by lads.)
Run TimeAround 12 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleShort drama (played for comedy) in which the protagonists speak Latin and the narrators, where necessary, translate.
SynopsisThe story of Pyramus and Thisbe is most familiar to modern audiences through Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' - rehearsed during the play and performed by the Mechanicals at the end. The Latin tale - from which Shakespeare drew his story - is from Ovid's Metamorphoses.
The story is of two lovers separated by their parents and a wall. Arranging to meet, but dying in the process.
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The Roman Invasion of Britain by Richard Morris
RolesMinimum Male roles = 4. Minimum Female roles = 4. Minimum total with doubling = 12. Minimum total without doubling = 29. Chorus. The characters are very flexible, with multiple 'chorus' roles which can be expanded or doubled.
Run TimeAround 20 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleOne-act play in irregular verse, fitting with the English National Curriculum Key Stage 2 History topic - The Romans.
SynopsisA dramatised (and abbreviated) history of Romans in Britain (from Caesar to Honorious)
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The Romans by Andrew Yates
RolesMinimum Male roles = 13. Minimum Female roles = 5. Minimum total with doubling = 26. Minimum total without doubling = 35. Chorus.
Run TimeAround 30 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicLyrics to seven songs are embedded in the script. accompaniments (and demos of the songs) are available on the optional extra CD. Lazy Bee Scripts does not supply any sheet music with this script.
StyleSchool play with songs, sketches and chorus work, providing lots of opportunities for all abilities. The show is both accessible and educational and will deliver a memorable experience for audience and participants alike.
SynopsisA humorous journey through the events and personalities of the Roman Empire. All Roman life is here, from emperors to slaves.
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ExtrasThe following additional items are available (at extra cost) to go with this script:
** Soundtrack CD - vocal performances of songs from the show
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There's No Place Like Rome by Mark Jack
RolesMinimum Male roles = 4. Minimum Female roles = 6. Minimum total with doubling = 23. Minimum total without doubling = 40. Chorus. Characters include everything from emperors to plebeians (and a camel).
Run TimeAround 120 minutes. [Estimated!] Experiential run time (first production) 1 hours 40 minutes.
MusicThe Producer's copy of the script includes suggestions for 12 songs. Lazy Bee Scripts does not supply any sheet music with this script.
StyleFull-length British pantomime, set in Rome (and occasionally in Egypt).
SynopsisThe Emperor Nauseous is poisoned by his wicked son Bilious, but blame falls on Alexander, the visiting son of Cleopatra. Can the recovered Nauseous and his friends prevent Bilious conquering Egypt?
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ExtrasThe following additional items are available (at extra cost) to go with this script:
** Pantomime Fun-Packs - jokes and games for children, to supplement the programme for your show
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A Thirty-Minute Julius Caesar by Shakespeare, abridged Bill Tordoff
RolesMinimum Male roles = 14. Minimum Female roles = 2. Minimum total with doubling = 16. Minimum total without doubling = 28. Chorus. The chorus is flexible - there is a crowd, and unnumbered soldiers and servants.
Run TimeAround 30 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleAbridgement of William Shakespeare's 'Julius Caesar', with the original text of two hours and more cut down to 30 minutes.
(The abridgement is copyrighted, so we charge for scripts and copying rights, but performances are royalty-free.)
SynopsisFresh from military conquests, Caesar returns to Rome in triumph. His friend, Mark Antony, offers him a crown. The Roman senate takes offence at this - the senators want to maintain the republic, rather than have Rome submit to a single ruler. Thus is born a conspiracy against Caesar, leading to his murder on the Ides of March and setting up a confrontation between Caesar's supporters and the conspirators.
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Tumultus by Nicholas Richards
RolesMinimum Male roles = 10. Minimum Female roles = 3. Minimum total with doubling = 18. Minimum total without doubling = 27. Chorus. Most of the named characters are written male (for reasons of historical verisimilitude), but some could be played female. The two groups of supporters could accommodate a large number of extras, up to the capacity of your amphitheatre.
Run TimeAround 15 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleShort drama (played for comedy) in which the protagonists speak Latin and the narrators, where necessary, translate. This is based on a real event, reported by the military historian Tacitus.
SynopsisIn 59 AD, a disgraced Roman Senator, Livineius Regulus, put on a spectacular gladiatorial contest in Pompeii. An incident at the contest sparked a riot (the Tumultus of the title) between Pompeians and rival supporters from Nuceria. This play takes us through the events.
(The run time may be extended, depending on the time spent in gladiatorial contests and riot.)
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