Scripts for One-Act Plays
Read complete scripts for one-act plays on line. Copies of the one-act play scripts and performance licences are available from Lazy Bee Scripts
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One-act play scripts currently available on the Lazy Bee Scripts site:-
Miss Glossop Comes to Tea is a humorous one-act murder mystery (single set, 7 women, 3 men, run-time between 60 and 75 minutes). Hapless amateur sleuth, Miss Glossop visits and old friend and solves a murder to the satisfaction of everyone - especially the guilty.
Miss Glossop's Weekend Break is a second outing for the incompetent detective. A murder is committed at a small hotel, and Miss Glossop is on hand to demonstrate how easy it is to jump to the wrong conclusions. (Single set, 5 women, 4 men, run time 50 to 60 minutes.)
Death in Character (single set, 3 or 4 women, 4 or 5 men, run-time about 45 minutes) is another one-act murder, this time set in a theatre.
Dead Ringer is not so much a "Who Dunnit?" as a "Who's doing what?" (One act, single set, 3 or 4 women, 2 or 3 men. Run time about 60 minutes.)
Don't Mention the Dream (single set, 1 man, 3 women, run time around 25 minutes) explores an amateur drama group's conflicting approaches to putting on Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
The Phantom Thief is a one-act play for young actors (2 boys, 7 could be any mix of boys or girls, two simple sets. Run time about 60 minutes.)
The Affairs at Meddler's Top is officially a two act play, but with a run time of around 75 minutes it is on the boundary of the one-act genre. A comic spoof of a murder mystery, set in the 1920s (7 women, 11 men.)
The Ghosts of Marvin Grange is also a two act play, but a run time of 65 minutes would enable it to fit in an evening of one-act plays, or even in an evening of Victoriana - it's a melodrama. Four sets, ten male characters, seven female and three unspecified (which could reduce to seven, four and two with doubling).
A Time for Farewells tells the story of the end of a relationship, looking back on what has gone before. About 45 minutes, 1F, 3M.
The Golf War Widows is a thirty minute play for three women, set in the clubhouse bar during a golf tournament.
Work in Progress, the winner of the Author's Award at the 2000 RAFTA One-Act Play Festival, sees an author struggling to complete a Chandleresque private eye novel whilst confronting publishing deadlines and rebellious characters. Run time around 30 minutes (2M, 2W).
See also Sketches and Skits for really short scripts, Full-Length Plays for scripts of more than one act and Kids Plays for material aimed at schools and youth theatre.
Theatre Resources See the resources page for links to other sites and useful production information. See also the photo gallery for costume ideas.