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All's Well that Ends Well [60-minute abridgement] by Shakespeare, abridged Jack Shaw
RolesMinimum Male roles = 6. Minimum Female roles = 4. Minimum total with doubling = 10. Minimum total without doubling = 14. No chorus.
Run TimeAround 60 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleAbridgement of William Shakespeare's 'All's Well that Ends Well', with every word remaining Shakespeare's.
(The abridgement is copyrighted, so we charge for scripts and copying rights, rights, but performances are royalty-free.)
SynopsisWhen the low-born Helena cures the King's illness, she chooses as her reward marriage to Bertram, Count of Rousillon. Bertram, unimpressed by this, goes to war to avoid his new wife. Helena concocts a plan to win him over.
A comedy in the Shakespearean sense of a story with a happy ending. In modern terms, more of a drama.
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Amore by David Pemberton
RolesMinimum Male roles = 7. Minimum Female roles = 4. Minimum total with doubling = 11. Minimum total without doubling = 22. No chorus. Actors are intended to be doubled up across both acts.
Run TimeAround 78 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleA two act play, adapted from the plays that in turn inspired Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors and Twelfth Night. (Plautus’ The Menaechmi and Siena Academy's The Deceived Ones)
SynopsisWhen two sets of identical twins are separated, one of them weaves a sticky web of romance and deception in which the other becomes unwittingly entangled. In Act One, Deception, one of the twins is lost as a child and is discovered by his twin brother ten years later, leading a life of love and deceit in a far-off town.In Act Two, Disguise, a twin sister disguises herself as a boy to get the man she loves, only to find that when her identical twin brother shows up, he is mistaken for her. Each individual act is available separately.
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Bannockburn - The Almost True Story by Johnny Grim
RolesMinimum Male roles = 1. Minimum Female roles = 1. Minimum total with doubling = 10. Minimum total without doubling = 10. No chorus. The eight clansmen and the messenger are written male, but could be played by female actors.
Run TimeAround 80 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleA full-length play, adding darkly comedic (and occasionally anachronistic) touches to the true historical story. (Contains ripe language and adult themes.)
SynopsisIn 1314, as Edward II’s army advance on Scotland, the men of a small Scottish clan prepare to join Robert the Bruce's army at Bannockburn. Before leaving to defend their land, they deal with conflicts of the domestic kind, say their prayers, and down many pints of strong ale.
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Bill & Ben by Richard James
Performance by Tiger Theatrical Productions won Best Comedy and Best Actor at the 2014 Spelthorne and Runneymede drama festival.
RolesMinimum Male roles = 2. Minimum Female roles = 0. Minimum total with doubling = 2. Minimum total without doubling = 2. No chorus.
Run TimeAround 38 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleA one act play - a two hander involving playwrights.
SynopsisBen Jonson is spending his last day in his condemned cell, after killing an actor in a duel. He has a surprise visitor - William Shakespeare, who comes to plead with him to perform a 'neck-verse' - reciting a Psalm, that may save him from the noose. But what does Shakespeare have to gain?
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A Brief History Of The United States by Andrew Yates
RolesMinimum Male roles = 8. Minimum Female roles = 7. Minimum total with doubling = 15. Minimum total without doubling = 45. Chorus. Slick changes would be required if only minimum cast available.
Run TimeAround 54 minutes. [Estimated!] Dependent on using all music suggested
MusicSong suggestions are provided with the Producer's copy of the script. Lazy Bee Scripts does not supply any sheet music with this script.
StyleAn assembly presentation play with eight songs.
SynopsisA fast moving dramatisation of the rise of the USA, from the early days of discovery and colonisation through industrialisation and two World Wars up to the present day.
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ExtrasThe following additional items are available (at extra cost) to go with this script:
** A 'backing track CD' with arrangements of songs from the show
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Counsellor Extraordinary by Stewart Boston
RolesMinimum Male roles = 13. Minimum Female roles = 1. Minimum total with doubling = 14. Minimum total without doubling = 27. No chorus.
Run TimeAround 91 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleA full length historical drama with various settings.
SynopsisSet between 1598 and 1600, the play recounts the downfall of the Earl of Essex, once the aging Queen Elizabeth I's greatest favourite in the light of the differing attitudes of brothers Anthony and Francis Bacon towards Essex as their patron. Anthony served in the feudal manner, bound forever to his lord, right or wrong. Francis, the contemporary thinker, limited his allegiance and served save his loyalty to Queen and state. He finally stops supporting Essex during his trial for treason and it is Francis' skill as a prosecutor that leads to a guilty verdict and results in Essex being beheaded.
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The Dead Shepherd by Robert Pope and Ian Dixon Potter
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RolesMinimum Male roles = 1. Minimum Female roles = 1. Minimum total with doubling = 13. Minimum total without doubling = 13. No chorus. Bowing to historical accuracy, twelve of the characters are male, but cast them how you like!
Run TimeAround 95 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleAn intriguing full-length historical drama. Contains Shakespearean gore.
SynopsisThe events which led to the murder of Christopher Marlowe are recounted through the eyes of his friend and artistic collaborator, William Shakespeare. After Marlowe invites Shakespeare to the meetings of Sir Walter Raleigh's 'School of Night', Marlowe's heretical writings and loud public demeanour attract the attention of Sir Robert Cecil, who begins plotting to silence the playwright.
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A Fifty-Minute Duchess of Malfi by John Webster abridged by Bill Tordoff
RolesMinimum Male roles = 11. Minimum Female roles = 5. Minimum total with doubling = 17. Minimum total without doubling = 25. No chorus. Characters include a small boy and optional non-speaking servants, etc.
Run TimeAround 50 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleAbridgement of John Webster's 'The Duchess of Malfi', with the original text cut down to 50 minutes or so.
(The abridgement is copyrighted, so we charge for scripts and copying rights, but performances are royalty-free.)
SynopsisThe eponymous heroine is a rich widow. Her brothers - a duke and a cardinal - want control of her wealth and so have forbidden her from marrying. They set the loyal but troubled Bosola to spy on her, and he discovers that the duchess has, in secret, married Antonio, her steward. The news sets the Duke and Cardinal into such a rage that nobody escapes unscathed.
(Whilst the abridgement reduces the length of the text, all of Webster's gory details are preserved - which is more than can be said for the principals.)
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A Fifty-Minute Henry VI Part 2 by Shakespeare, abridged Bill Tordoff
RolesMinimum Male roles = 21. Minimum Female roles = 4. Minimum total with doubling = 25. Minimum total without doubling = 47. Chorus. As with most of the history plays, the cast of characters is huge, with over 40 speaking parts, but lots of doubling is possible.
Run TimeAround 50 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleAbridgement of William Shakespeare's 'The Second Part of King Henry VI', with the original text cut down to 50 minutes or so.
(The abridgement is copyrighted, so we charge for scripts and copying rights, but performances are royalty-free.)
SynopsisSubtitled 'Cade's Rebellion'.
The wars with France are over, but there's trouble brewing for King Henry within his own court. There's the Duke of Suffolk, trying to manipulate the King through Henry's wife, Margaret , there's the Duchess of Gloster trying to put her husband, Henry's uncle, on the throne, and there's a growing faction around the Duke of York and his two sons, Edward and Richard Crouchback. Matters come to a head with a rebellion led by Kentish tradesman Jack Cade.
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A Fifty-Minute Henry VI Part 3 by Shakespeare, abridged Bill Tordoff
RolesMinimum Male roles = 21. Minimum Female roles = 3. Minimum total with doubling = 24. Minimum total without doubling = 41. Chorus. As with most of the history plays, the cast of characters is huge, with over 30 speaking parts, but lots of doubling is possible. (They are also mainly male, but don't let that put you off.)
Run TimeAround 50 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleAbridgement of William Shakespeare's 'The Third Part of King Henry VI', with the original text cut down to 50 minutes or so.
(The abridgement is copyrighted, so we charge for scripts and copying rights, but performances are royalty-free.)
SynopsisThe Wars of the Roses in full force, with the Duke of York rebelling against the weak Henry VI. York is killed, but his three sons continue the fight.
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