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Additional Dialogue by Catherine Shelton
RolesMinimum Male roles = 13. Minimum Female roles = 7. Minimum total with doubling = 24. Minimum total without doubling = 27. Chorus. All the characters are high school students.
Run TimeAround 110 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicMusic from Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet is suggested (subject to the ability of the on-stage band!) Lazy Bee Scripts does not supply any sheet music with this script.
StyleFull-length romantic comedy play. (Not strictly a musical or really a musical play, but requires an on-stage band, with a small share of the dialogue.)
SynopsisA rehearsal for a school production of Romeo and Juliet contains far more drama amongst the cast members than onstage, as friendships, new loves and old flames are tested, torn apart and reunited in a very busy afternoon.
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The Day The Woods Came To Dunsinane by Steve Eddison
RolesMinimum Male roles = 5. Minimum Female roles = 7. Minimum total with doubling = 17. Minimum total without doubling = 23. Chorus. Characters include talking trees (allowing me to make the usual joke about wooden actors) and (unnumbered) dancers.
Run TimeAround 50 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleOne-act comedy play for kids. Full of the sort of verbal humour that graces British pantomime, though with a different structure (and more trees).
SynopsisFour children on a hiking trip stumble into the plot of Macbeth (portentious witches, poor hospitality, portable forests - that sort of thing). Can they escape unscathed?
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Doing Shakespeare by Louise Wade
RolesMinimum Male roles = 3. Minimum Female roles = 6. Minimum total with doubling = 9. Minimum total without doubling = 10. No chorus.
Run TimeAround 40 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleOne-act drama for a small high-school theatre group. There are two sets, but they are a drama studio and stage, so there is very little change required from one to the other - essentially only furniture.
SynopsisCaroline is anticipating being busy enough with the latest school production, but now the Head wants her to include the school problem child, Dean Squires. Will he cope with Shakespeare? Will he disrupt the whole thing? Or perhaps, surprise everyone?
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A Forty-Minute Antony and Cleopatra by Shakespeare, abridged Bill Tordoff
RolesMinimum Male roles = 14. Minimum Female roles = 4. Minimum total with doubling = 18. Minimum total without doubling = 40. No chorus. Lots of small roles (guards, messengers and the like), so either opportunities for a large cast or scope for doubling!
Run TimeAround 40 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleAbridgement of William Shakespeare's 'Antony and Cleopatra', 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.)
SynopsisAfter the assassination of Julius Caesar, Rome is ruled by a triumvirate, locked in a struggle for power. Mark Antony is beguiled by Cleopatra, the Egyptian Queen, and neglects his duties in Rome. Eventually, there is open warfare between Antony and Octavius Caesar. Antony loses, and Cleopatra takes her own life (with the aid of literature's second most famous snake.)
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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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A Forty-Minute Henry IV Part 1 by Shakespeare, abridged Bill Tordoff
RolesMinimum Male roles = 14. Minimum Female roles = 1. Minimum total with doubling = 15. Minimum total without doubling = 27. No chorus. This is a story about a male-dominated society. This does not preclude inventive casting!
Run TimeAround 40 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleAbridgement of William Shakespeare's 'First Part of King Henry IV', 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.)
SynopsisHenry IV is at odds with his nobles, even those who helped him usurp Richard II. Meanwhile his son, Prince Hal has absentend himself from court and is spending his time in taverns with Sir John Falstaff and his clique. Things come to a head with a rebellion, led by Harry Hotspur and at last the dissolute Prince Hal proves himself a warrior.
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A Forty-Minute Henry IV Part 2 by Shakespeare, abridged Bill Tordoff
RolesMinimum Male roles = 21. Minimum Female roles = 3. Minimum total with doubling = 24. Minimum total without doubling = 43. No chorus. This is a story about a male-dominated society. This does not preclude inventive casting!
Run TimeAround 40 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleAbridgement of William Shakespeare's 'Second Part of King Henry IV', 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.)
SynopsisKing Henry IV is facing rebellion on a scale close to civil war. Meanwhile, his son and heir, Prince Hal, is spending his youth carousing and brawling in taverns in the company of the wastrel Falstaff. If a successful transition is to be made, the old king needs to keep the kingdom together and his son needs to reform.
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A Forty-Minute Henry V by Shakespeare, abridged Bill Tordoff
RolesMinimum Male roles = 20. Minimum Female roles = 3. Minimum total with doubling = 23. Minimum total without doubling = 29. Chorus. As usual for Shakespeare's time, there's a dearth of female characters, which does not preclude inventive casting!
Run TimeAround 40 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleAbridgement of William Shakespeare's 'Henry V', 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.)
SynopsisKing Henry the Fifth is at war with the French, and facing daunting odds. He rallies his troops, wanders amongst them in disguise to find what they really think, then leads them, once more, unto the breach.
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A Forty-Minute King Lear by Shakespeare, abridged Bill Tordoff
RolesMinimum Male roles = 13. Minimum Female roles = 3. Minimum total with doubling = 16. Minimum total without doubling = 23. Chorus. As usual with Shakespeare, the characters are male-heavy. Also as usual, you can cast it how you like!
Run TimeAround 40 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleAbridgement of William Shakespeare's 'King Lear', 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 king proposes to retire and divide his kingdom amongst his daughters. The elder two, Goneril and Regan, are happy to sweet-talk their father and go along with his plans - just until they have power. Cordelia, the youngest, loves her father, but refuses to flatter him, and, as a result, is banished. Soon the elder daughters take power and dishonour their father. Edmund, illegitimate son of the Duke of Gloster, aids Goneril and Regan, but becomes a focus for their rivalry. With Lear cast out, there is war between Cordelia and her sisters. Playing-out the themes of pride, deceit and jealousy, all ends tragically.
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A Forty-Minute Love's Labour's Lost by Shakespeare, abridged Bill Tordoff
RolesMinimum Male roles = 11. Minimum Female roles = 5. Minimum total with doubling = 17. Minimum total without doubling = 17. No chorus.
Run TimeAround 40 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleAbridgement of William Shakespeare's comedy 'Love's Labours Lost', with the original text cut down to under 40 minutes.
(The abridgement is copyrighted, so we charge for scripts and copying rights, but performances are royalty-free.)
SynopsisThe King of Navarre makes a vow to devote a year to scolarship, and three of his lords (albeit reluctantly) join him. Their resolve is sorely tested by the arrival of the Princess of France and her pretty ladies in waiting...
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