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A Forty-Minute Troilus and Cressida by Shakespeare, abridged Bill Tordoff
RolesMinimum Male roles = 16. Minimum Female roles = 3. Minimum total with doubling = 19. Minimum total without doubling = 34. Chorus. Plenty of scope for extras, as we have the population of Troy and the entire Greek army looking on (and occasionally getting involved in the fray - some of the spear carriers get to use their spears!)
Run TimeAround 40 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleAbridgement of William Shakespeare's 'Troilus And Cressida', with the original text cut down to 40 minutes or so.
(The abridgement is copyrighted, so we charge for scripts and copying rights, but performances are royalty-free.)
SynopsisThe Trojans are trapped in their city as Greek warriors like Ajax scour the battlefield. Troilus, youngest son of the Trojan King Priam, is distracted from the battlefield by his pursuit of the beautiful Cressida. Just when Cressida has submitted to his advances, she is used as part of a prisoner exchange and sent to join her father (who is camped with the Greeks). During one of the periodic truces, Troilus witnesses Cressida in a dalliance with Greek hero Diomedes. Enraged, Troilus takes to the battlefield in pursuit of Diomedes, whilst the petulant Achilles takes on the noble Trojan Hector.
Shakespeare uses the siege to question notions of fidelity and chivalry.
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A Forty-Minute Two Gentlemen of Verona by Shakespeare, abridged Bill Tordoff
RolesMinimum Male roles = 10. Minimum Female roles = 3. Minimum total with doubling = 13. Minimum total without doubling = 17. No chorus. There are two groups which give numerical flexibility - 'outlaws' and 'musicians'. This is the Shakespeare play with the dog.
Run TimeAround 40 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleAbridgement of William Shakespeare's 'The Two Gentlemen of Verona', 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.)
SynopsisThe two gentlemen in question are Valentine and Proteus. Valentine wants Proteus to be his travelling companion on a tour, but Proteus wishes to stay behind and court Julia, a coy young lady who likes Proteus, but is too shy to admit it - at least until Proteus's father sends him away to join Valentine in Milan. However, in Milan, Proteus falls for Sylvia, whom Valentine is courting. There follows rivalry, betrayal, banishment, outlaws, cross-dressing and the occasional swoon before all ends happily!
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A Forty-Minute Winter's Tale by Shakespeare, abridged Bill Tordoff
RolesMinimum Male roles = 9. Minimum Female roles = 6. Minimum total with doubling = 15. Minimum total without doubling = 28. Chorus. The characters are adults plus one child and, famously, a bear, whose only role is to exit in pursuit of Antigonus (for an offstage lunch appointment - although only one of the parties is hungry.)
Run TimeAround 40 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleAbridgement of William Shakespeare's 'The Winter's Tale', 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.)
SynopsisLeontes, King of Sicilia, suspects his wife Hermione of having an affair with Polixenes, the King of Bohemia. (Herminone and Polixenes are innocent.) Polixenes escapes Leontes' wrath, but Hermione does not and is imprisoned. Hermione gives birth to a daughter, but Leontes does not believe the child, Perdita, to be his and sends her abroad. She is abandoned on the coast of Bohemia (a feat which would be frowned upon these days, owing to Geography) and Perdita is brought-up by a Shepherd. Time (making a guest appearance) moves the play on sixteen years, and Florizel, son of Polixenes, meets and falls in love with Perdita, the shepherdess, thus setting-up the inevitable reconcilliation and happy ending.
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Galileo & Co. by Olivia Arieti
RolesMinimum Male roles = 2. Minimum Female roles = 0. Minimum total with doubling = 5. Minimum total without doubling = 5. No chorus.
Run TimeAround 10 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleA short play for school age children, which might kick-start projects about the stars, about science, about history, or about religion.
SynopsisGalileo has been summoned before the Holy Office to renounce his heretical findings that the Earth rotates around the sun. In the few minutes before his hearing, some unusual characters try to convince him to stick to the truth.
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Greece! - The Musical by Sue Gordon
RolesMinimum Male roles = 2. Minimum Female roles = 1. Minimum total with doubling = 7. Minimum total without doubling = 15. Chorus. This could be performed in Ancient Greek style, with three actors playing all the principal parts, or the principal roles could be shared amongst a larger company. The Greek chorus comments on the action, individually, in unison (chant) or in song.
Run TimeAround 45 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicSheet music for six original songs supplied with the Producer's copy of the script.
StyleModern version of Ancient Greek drama with a humorous interpretation of Greek myths and legends. No set requirements, few props. The text is identical to Greece! - The Play, except that some of the chants are replaced by songs.
SynopsisThere's trouble on Mount Olympus - the boiler has stopped working and Zeus isn't getting any hot water. Zeus is in a temper and Dionysus has a hangover. It's up to Hera to sort things out by calling for Heracles, the odd job man of Ancient Greece...
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** CD with instrumental backing tracks for each of the six songs (plus reprises) from 'Greece! - The Musical' by Sue Gordon. (Recording by Jonathan van Gennep.)
** CD with sung tracks for each of the six songs from 'Greece! - The Musical' by Sue Gordon. (Recording by Jonathan van Gennep.)
** Zip file containing instrumental backing tracks for each of the six songs (plus reprises) from 'Greece! - The Musical' by Sue Gordon. (Recording by Jonathan van Gennep.)
** Zip file of sung tracks for each of the six songs from 'Greece! - The Musical' by Sue Gordon. (Recording by Jonathan van Gennep.)
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Greece! - The Play by Sue Gordon
RolesMinimum Male roles = 2. Minimum Female roles = 1. Minimum total with doubling = 7. Minimum total without doubling = 15. Chorus. This could be performed in an Ancient Greek style, with three actors playing all the principal parts, or the principal roles could be shared out amongst a larger company. The Greek chorus comments on the action, individually or in unison.
Run TimeAround 40 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleModern version of Ancient Greek drama with a humorous interpretation of Greek myths and legends. No set requirements, few props. The text is identical to Greece! - The Musical, except that some of the chants are replaced by songs.
SynopsisThere's trouble on Mount Olympus - the boiler has stopped working and Zeus isn't getting any hot water. Zeus is in a temper and Dionysus has a hangover. It's up to Hera to sort things out by calling for Heracles, the odd job man of Ancient Greece...
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Hamlet auf Deutsch by Nicholas Richards
RolesMinimum Male roles = 8. Minimum Female roles = 2. Minimum total with doubling = 13. Minimum total without doubling = 14. No chorus. As usual with Shakespeare, the characters are predominantly male. Of course, casting against gender is open to the production.
Run TimeAround 15 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleShort adaptation of Shakespeare's Hamlet aimed at students learning German. To enable such a short version, a narrator sets the scenes. All speeches, including narration, in German (but directions in English).
SynopsisEinige verk├╝rzte Szenen auf Deutsch von Shakespeares Hamlet.
A ghost walks the ramparts of Elsinore castle demanding revenge. Hamlet's uncle has siezed the throne. Will Hamlet take arms against a sea of troubles?
Sein oder Nichtsein - Das ist hier die Frage.
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Hamlet the Musical by Gerald P. Murphy
RolesMinimum Male roles = 5. Minimum Female roles = 3. Minimum total with doubling = 12. Minimum total without doubling = 16. Chorus. The chorus play non-speaking roles of peasants, courtiers, onlookers and servants.
Run TimeAround 40 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicSheet music (piano and vocal) for the five songs is supplied with the producer's copy of the script.
StyleShakespeare's Hamlet retold in modern (American) English, with more jokes than the original.
In a normal tragedy, at the end, everyone dies. This is a musical - at the end, everyone sings.
SynopsisPrince Hamlet's father reappears as a ghost to demand revenge for his murder. The prince vacillates, arranges a play to trap the murderer, and finally chooses to fight.
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ExtrasThe following additional items are available (at extra cost) to go with this script:
** A 'rehearsal CD' with piano arrangements of songs from the show
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Hats Off! - The Musical by Sue Gordon
RolesMinimum Male roles = 2. Minimum Female roles = 5. Minimum total with doubling = 7. Minimum total without doubling = 9. Chorus. A nucleus of seven actors, backed by a chorus (with no size limitations) singing the songs.
Run TimeAround 60 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicSheet music for seven songs (original lyrics to Victorian period music) is supplied with the Producer's copy of the script.
StyleMusical for children (could also be staged by adults for kids). Whilst by length we would class this as a one-act play, it is split into two acts and an interval is advised so that the single set can be redressed to mark the passage of time!
SynopsisMrs. Green is the real driving force behind 'Barker's Bonnets' a milliner's shop in Victorian England. However, she faces unemployment when Mr. Barker sells up to emigrate. A secret scheme is hatched to allow her to continue - and to thrive in the modern world of the 1870s. (The script tells an engaging story whilst exploring the novelties, inventions and social nuances of the Victorian world. This would fit well with the English National Curriculum Key Stage 2 History Topic, 'The Victorians'.)
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ExtrasThe following additional items are available (at extra cost) to go with this script:
** A 'rehearsal CD' with piano arrangements of songs from the show
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Hats Off! - The Play by Sue Gordon
RolesMinimum Male roles = 2. Minimum Female roles = 5. Minimum total with doubling = 7. Minimum total without doubling = 7. No chorus.
Run TimeAround 45 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StylePlay for children (could also be staged by adults for kids). Whilst by length we would class this as a one-act play, it is split into two acts and an interval is advised so that the single set can be redressed to mark the passage of time!
SynopsisMrs. Green is the real driving force behind 'Barker's Bonnets' a milliner's shop in Victorian England. However, she faces unemployment when Mr. Barker sells up to emigrate. A secret scheme is hatched to allow her to continue - and to thrive in the modern world of the 1870s. (The script tells an engaging story whilst exploring the novelties, inventions and social nuances of the Victorian world. This would fit well with the English National Curriculum Key Stage 2 History Topic, 'The Victorians'.)
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