Scripts for One-Act Plays

Drama scripts in one act (or short enough to fill half an evening's entertainment)
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We have interepreted "one-act" as an indication of the length of the play, rather than its dramatic structure!  These are scripts that last anything from 20 minutes to 75 minutes, and might fill up to half an evening's entertainment. 
All the scripts can be read in full on the Internet.  Click on any of the underlined text to see descriptions of the works in your chosen category (from where you will find links to the on-line text)...
 
See the Full List of Scripts for One-Act Plays Search for a Script  to suit your group
  Browse through descriptions of all our one-act plays (there are lots of them!)
Note that the scripts from these pages are the ones that we think are suitable for performance by adult groups.  For scripts for youth theatre groups, see our kids' play scripts pages.
  The One-Act Plays search engine allows you to select a script by number of characters, run-time, age of participants, and lots more!  (This is a sub-set of our full search engine.  Use the full script search engine if you want more search parameters, such as the ability to search by author and theme.)
 
One-Act Stage Plays Sorted by Run-Time One-Act Plays by Genre
Drama running for 20 to 30 minutes Comedy
30 to 45-minute drama scripts Farce
45 to 60-minute play scripts Melodrama
60 to 75-minute play scripts Mystery
Note and Disclaimer:  Run-times are estimates from word-count.  Actual times will vary considerably, according to production.  The 60 to 75-minute scripts are on the boundary between one-act and full-length plays.  If you intend to perform a play in a one-act play festival competition, then check the festival rules for the appropriate length. Thriller
Whodunnit
One-Act Plays by Theme
The Royal Shakespeare Company's "Open Stages" project is a collaboration between the RSC and community theatre groups.  As part of the project, the RSC has teamed-up with the All England Theatre Festival to introduce a Shakespeare category into one-act and full-length play festivals.  So where do you find ones-act Shakespeare plays?  See the link on the right! Shakespeare
(This category includes abridgements, which reduce Shakespeare's plays to one-act length whilst keeping the original plot, characters and language. It also includes othe plays with Shakespearean themes and references.)
Dickens
Ghosts
History
Illness
Science Fiction
Theatre
Sherlock Holmes
 
One-act Plays by Numbers...
One-Act Monologues - 1 Female Actor One-Act Monologues - 1 Male Actor
One-act Plays - 1F, 1M One-act Plays - 1M, 1F
One-act Plays - 2F One-act Plays - 2M
One-act Plays - 2F, 1M One-act Plays - 2M, 1F
One-act Plays - 2F, 2M One-act Plays - 2M, 2F
One-act Plays - 3F One-act Plays - 3M
One-act Plays - 3F, 1M One-act Plays - 3M, 1F
One-act Plays - 3F, 2M One-act Plays - 3M, 2F
One-act Plays - 3F, 3M   One-act Plays - 3M, 3F
  One-act Plays - 4F   One-act Plays - 4M
  One-act Plays - 4F, 1M   One-act Plays - 4M, 1F
  One-act Plays - 4F, 2M   One-act Plays - 4M, 2F
  One-act Plays - 4F, 3M   One-act Plays - 4M, 3F
  One-act Plays - 4F, 4M   One-act Plays - 4M, 4F


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