Plays for kids

A selection of drama scripts designed for school plays, youth theatre and anywhere else children and teenagers get to grips with plays

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The play scripts listed here are designed to be acted by young people, whether as school plays, in youth theatre (or youth theater, if you use American English), in drama workshops or as a part of other youth activities.
Find the right play script for your group
We have hundreds of specially written school plays, plus others written for adults but within the capabilities of some children's drama groups. We therefore offer lots of ways of narrowing down the search for the scripts that will suit you group.  All the plays can be read in full on the Internet.  Click on any of the underlined text to see descriptions of the plays in your chosen category (from where you will find links to the on-line text)...
See the Full List of Plays Written for Children Search for a play to suit your group of kids
  All our plays written for children sorted alphabetically by title.  (This does not include plays written for adults which could also be performed by kids.)  The search engine allows you to select a script by number of characters, length of play, age of participants, genre and lots more!
Caution: the above link takes you to plays written specifically for children.  There are many plays missing from the list because they were not written for kids, but which are suitable for performance by youth groups - particularly teenagers.  To include those in your search, use the full play script search engine.
Plays sorted by Age-Group Plays for Kids, sorted by (our estimate of) Run-Time
  Suitable for Performers Aged <5  Shorter than ten minutes
  Suitable for Performers Aged 5-8  Ten to twenty minutes
  Suitable for Performers Aged 9-12  Twenty to thirty minutes
  Suitable for Performers Aged 13-16  Thirty to forty-five minutes
  Disclaimer: The age ranges are our opinion, just because we think a script will suit a particular age group it does not mean that it will suit your group.  For that reason, we suggest that you read the on-line text of the plays that grab your interest.  Forty-five to sixty minutes
   Longer than sixty minutes
School Plays Readers' Theatre
  The School Plays are generally plays with large casts, intended for performance by a full class (sometimes even larger!)  These scripts could be used as plays, but also function as "group readers", to be read aloud with each member of the group taking a role.
Plays with Educational Themes  Plays with Historical Subjects
(Select all educational plays or the specific topics listed...) Ancient Civilizations - Greeks (including Greek Myths), Egyptians, Romans
Introductions to Shakespeare Anglo Saxons, Vikings
Plays about Bullying Normans
Plays about Ecological (Green) Issues Tudors
The Olympic Games Victorians
World War 2, the rest of the Twentieth Century
Christmas Plays for Kids Plays for Children with Religious/Moral Themes
  Most of the Christmas plays have some religious element (on the grounds that it's a Christian festival!) although a few remain resolutely secular.  These a dramas based on Old Testament Stories, New Testament Stories, "Christian Commentaries" (plays with religious themes, but not based on any specific text) and other moral plays.
Pantomimes for Kids Rhyming Plays for Children
  These include school pantomimes (specifically written for school-age children and generally no longer than an hour), (short) rhyming pantomimes and longer pantomimes that are within the range of (some) school-age groups.  The ryhyming plays include some plays with educational value (some of them in a mix of rhyme and prose), rhyming drama just for fun, and, of course, the rhyming pantomimes.
Other things! Plays in Foreign Languages
  There's a pack of 20 "starting points for improvisation", collectively called "Beginnings".  You can find the pack on our Goodies page, where there are also plenty of less serious items, including the spoof fairytale advertisements and the pantomime fun packs.  These are either completely in a foreign language or have English passages for clarity.
Plays in Latin
Plays in French
Plays in German
Plays in Afrikaans

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