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On our Sample Scripts page you can read pages of all our shows and you can see the whole musical score on our Sample Scores page. You can request a download of the whole play via our Perusal Scripts page.

Our musicals and play scripts are popular around the world in English-speaking countries and performances of our shows are always being staged somewhere around the globe. Read play scripts on-line and download play scripts from here.

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Our Catalogue

In our catalogue you will find a range of play scripts, musical play scripts and pantomime scripts to suit all tastes and abilities, from play scripts for junior schools to professional theatre scripts. All our scripts come with a licence for one performance. Our musicals all come with piano scores and orchestrated MP3 backing tracks for performance. 


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Backing Tracks

 Backing tracks in MP3 format can be purchased for all our musical plays so you can make your own backing CD. Samples of our tracks can be heard on the Song Samples page. Additional samples for all our shows are available on request and the musical scores can be viewed on the Sample Scores  page.

MIDI Files

 If you would like to customize the orchestral arrangements on our backing tracks or re-score them for your own instrumental line-up you can purchase the MIDI files of all our musical plays. Using the MIDI files you can change the tempo and key to suit your instrumentalists and singers and even cut verses of longer songs. All we ask is that you do not pass your arrangements on to any third party and that you only use them for your production.


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Are you looking for a play script for your school play, Christmas play or Christmas panto? Perhaps you are thinking ahead to your summer musical play, KS2 play or Year 6 play? Or maybe you are putting on a church play, a play with a drama club or a play with college students or adults? Our catalogue contains a variety of play scripts for a variety of age groups. Some are full musical play scripts, some are play scripts and some are pantos-style plays for children. Visit our catalogue page or look at our quick find page to find what you want. If you need advice, contact us through the contact tab above.


Upcoming Performances 2107

We wish the following great success in their forthcoming performances:


June
  

Ali Baba: Camolin, Ireland, June

Beauty and the Beast: Singapore, June

Peter Pan: St James' School, Derby, June 15th

Peter Pan:  Ryde School, IOW, 15th-16th June

Peter Pan: Blackminster Middle School, Evesham, 20th/21st/22nd June

Peter Pan: Laindon Park Primary School, June 21st

Peter Pan: Bathgate, June 21st

Down Stepney Way: Portsmouth High Junior School, 27-28th June

Peter Pan: Selbourne Primary School, Perivale, Ealing, 29th June

A Midsummer Night's Disaster: Carver Juniors, Marple, 29th - 30th June


July

St Tabitha's: Cardiff, 1st July

Slick, Cardiff, 1st July

Peter Pan: Thistly Meadow Primary School, Blaby, 4th - 6th July

Peter Pan: Kirk Langley Primary School, July 12th 

Peter Pan: Davenham CE Primary School, July 12th-13th

Peter Pan: Andover, July 16th-17th

Peter Pan: Forest Lake Camp, Chestertown, NY, USA, July 20th

Peter Pan: Windmill Theatre School, Stock, 29th July

Aladdin: Holy Trinity School, Hackney

A Midsummer Night's Disaster, St Teresa's Catholic Academy, Wolverhampton, July

Peter Pan: Cage Green Junior School, Tonbridge


December

Peter Pan: Spring Hill, Florida USA, 10th December

Recent Performances (2016-17)

February
Cinderella: Bunwell Primary, Norwich, February 11th

March
Peter Pan: Tenby International School, Malaysia, 16/17th March
Peter Pan: Fairholme School, St Asaph UK, 17th March
When Toad: Came Home Victoria Hall, Settle March 18/19/20 2016
Peter Pan: Eaton House School, London, March
Peter Pan: The Hall School, Glenfield, 22nd March

April
Peter Pan: The Mandeville School, Aylesbury, April 28/29/30th
Peter Pan: Melbourne, Australia, April 28th


May
Peter Pan: Castro Valley, United States, May 6th-7th 2016
Robin Hood: Bootle, Meols Cop High School, May 2016
Peter Pan: Trumpington Pavilion, Cambridge, 21st May
King Arthur: Langley, Canada, May 26th

June
Peter Pan: Stratton Upper School, Biggleswade, 5th June
Peter Pan: St Joseph’s Catholic Primary, Chalfont St Peter, 13th-14th JUne
Cinderella: Derby, June 21st-22nd
King Arthur: Durlston Court School, Barton, June 28th-29th
Peter Pan: Oxford House School, Colchester, 25th June
Beauty and the Beast: The Kings School, Worcester, 30th June-1st July
Peter Pan: Station Theatre, Hayling Island, 23rd-25th June

July
Peter Pan: Far Forest, Worcs. August 2016
Hansel and Gretel: Park Field Primary, Taunton, July
St Tabitha’s: New Town Abbey, 8th July
King Arthur: Seven Sisters Primary, London, July 12th
Peter Pan: St Lukes C of E School, Maidenhead, July
Peter Pan: Southgate Primary, Crawley, 4th-5th July
Peter Pan: Totton, Hants, July 2nd
Just Another Friday: Grasmere, Australia, 24th July

September
Peter Pan: St Georges Basin, Australia, 2nd-3rd September

October
St Tabitha’s: Attleborough Players, Attleborough, Norfolk

December
Rumpelstiltskin: Trevor-Roberts School, London, 4th December

2017

January 
Cinderella: Halton Lodge Primary School, Runcorn, 18th January
 
February
Treasure Island: Mansfield, 10th February
St Tabitha’s: All Hallows School, Shepton Mallet
 
March
Peter Pan: Settle Amateur Operatic Society, Settle, 23rd/24th March

Slick: Jorvik Theatre, Selby, 5th March
 
April
King Arthur: British Embassy School, Ankara, Turkey
Peter Pan: St Joseph and St Theresa School, Burntwood, 6th April
 
May
Peter Pan: Veritas Christian Academy, Wayland, Massachusetts, May 19th

Peter Pan: Warwick Junior School, May 25th and 16th

A Midsummer Night's Disaster, 
William Shakespeare, Adapted by David Barrett

Dramatis Personae

Theseus
Hippolyta
Egeus
Oberon
Titania
Puck
Fairy
Bottom
Quince
Snout
Snug
Starveling
Lysander
Hermia
Demetrius
Helena
Philostrate
Mrs Prenderghast
Stage Manager
Kyle

PROLOGUE

Stage manager announces to audience about missing donkey head, needed in Act II. Asks if anyone has one - or something similar - a monkey head or cow head?

Stage manager enters to put up two paintings. The first painting falls off. Stage manager holds it in place. Second painting falls off. He gets two audience members to hold them in place with a promise to return with a hammer. He returns but the head falls off the hammer. Eventually the pictures are fixed with string.

Enter Miss Prenderghast, from her seat FOH.

MISS PRENDERGHAST: Good evening, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to Saint Calamity’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Disaster. It is very gratifying to see so many of you here tonight - when one considers the little mishaps of the last few years. As you know, our budget for drama is very small - as indeed are the little darlings who perform in the shows. Many of you will have seen the budget production of 1990, a particularly hard year, with the recession: One Dalmation. In fact, the dalmation was a labrador given a makeover in the art room by Miss Stubbington, assisted by 3P. By the interval it was sweating so much the poor creature was looking more like a Bengal tiger. And I’m sure some of you parents here tonight will have seen 1999’s memorable production: Charlie and the Chocolate Bar. Unfortunately, the chocolate bar did not perform well under the hot lights. After the first night the show was re-named: Charlie. And you know, play scripts are so expensive these days. However, we did not let financial considerations stand in the way when we decided to tackle Matilda - page 1. Casting our plays has sometimes been very difficult. Some of you may still remember The Big Friendly Dwarf. Last year was a particularly difficult one for drama. Our production date coincided with the One Direction concert at Guildhall. Sadly, we ended up with a very small cast - but the audience thoroughly enjoyed our production of Guy and Doll.

(Stage Manager enters and whispers in Miss Prenderghast’s ear.)

Finally, ladies and gentlemen, apparently there has been a mix up over tickets. This has only affected - 95 members of the audience. We sincerely hope those affected enjoy this play as much as they would have enjoyed A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Olivier Theatre. I do hope you enjoy the show and if any of you are still here at the end, there will be refreshments at the back of the hall - and a collection bucket. Thank you.

Blackout

STAGE MANAGER: (Over the tannoy)
Cast announcement - if Daisy Snodgrass, 6B, has arrived would she please report to her dressing room. Thank you.


SCENE 1: THESEUS’S PALACE

THESEUS:
Now, fair Hippolyta, our wedding hour
Draws on apace; four happy days bring in
Another moon: but, O, methinks, how slow
This old moon wanes! (The moon wobbles)

(He hands his sceptre to a servant and his crown to another in order to embrace Hippolyta.)

HIPPOLYTA:
But days soon turn to night
Four nights will quickly dream away the time;

(Gestures to the suspended moon, which immediately falls down.)

And then the moon, like to a silver bow
New-bent in heaven, shall behold the night
Of our solemnities.

(Enter Egeus, followed by Hermia and Demetrius. Lysander misses his entrance.)

EGEUS:
(To the first servant) Good morrow, Theseus, our renownéd duke!

(The servant waves him away and gestures to the duke.)

(To the second servant) Good morrow, Theseus, our renownéd duke!

(The second servant waves him away and gestures to the duke.)

(To Theseus, hesitantly) Good morrow, Theseus? Our renownéd duke?

THESEUS:
Behold Egeus: (Egeus nods and looks pleased) what's the news with thee?

(Enter STAGE MANAGER, with a stepladder, to fix the moon.)

EGEUS:
Full of vexation come I, with complaint
Against my child, my daughter Hermia. (Gestures to her.)
Stand forth, Demetrius. My noble lord,

(He gestures the wrong side, where Lysander should be. Demetrius stands forth the other side.)

This man… (gestures the correct side now) This man hath my consent to marry her.
Stand forth, Lysander: and my gracious duke…

(He gestures to the other side. No Lysander.)

(Louder) Stand forth, Lysander: and my gracious duke…
(Even louder) Stand forth, Lysander…

( Everyone look to the wings and Lysander runs on, from FOH, panting and fixing his costume. His hat flies on from the wings and one of the servants puts it on him.)

(quieter) and my gracious duke
This man hath bewitched the bosom of my child;

(He gestures to the moon, which is being hoisted back up by the stage manager and is swinging. A servant goes to help. The servant puts the crown down on Theseus’s throne)

He hast by moonlight at her window swung… sung.
With feigning voice verses of feigning love,

(The moon crashes down again. The stage manager makes a servant hold it aloft. Exit stage manager.)

Be it so she will not here before your grace
Consent to marry with Demetrius,
I beg the ancient privilege of Athens,
As she is mine, I may dispose of her:
Which shall be either to this gentleman (He gestures to a servant, then to Demetrius.)
Or to her death, according to our law.

THESEUS:
What say you, Hermia? be advised fair maid:
Demetrius is a worthy gentleman.

(He sits on the throne, crushing the crown, which he hands to the servant in disgust.)

HERMIA:
So is Lysander.
I do entreat your grace to pardon me.
But I beseech your grace that I may know
The worst that may befall me in this case,
If I refuse to wed Demetrius.

THESEUS:
Either to die the death or to abjure
For ever the society of men.

STAGE MANAGER (Over tannoy)
It started well. We had a problem with the moon but I don’t think anyone noticed.


DEMETRIUS: (Scowling at the Stage Manager)
Relent, sweet Hermia: and, Lysander, yield
Thy crazéd title to my certain right.

LYSANDER:
You have her father's love, Demetrius;
Let me have Hermia's: you may marry him. (gestures to EGEUS)

THESEUS:
And now, fair Hermia, you prepare yourself
To fit your fancies to your father's will;
Or else the law of Athens yields you up -
To death, or to a vow of single life.

(Exit Theseus, Hippolyta, servant. Egeus and Demetrius. The other servant still holds the moon. He tries to exit but the stage manager rushes on and puts him back in his place. He covers his face with the moon. During the following dialogue he slowly tiptoes off stage)

LYSANDER:
Steal forth thy father's house to-morrow night;
And in the wood, a league without the town,
Where I did meet thee once with Helena,
There will I stay for thee.

HERMIA:
My good Lysander!
I swear to thee, by Cupid's strongest bow,
In that same place thou hast appointed me,
To-morrow truly will I meet with thee.

LYSANDER:
Keep promise, love. Look, here comes Helena.

(Gestures one side. Hermia follows his gesture with her eyes.)

(No Helena)

Look, here comes Helena.

(Gestures the same side. Hermia follows his gesture with her eyes.)

Look, here comes Helena (Gestures the other side.)

(Enter Helena)

Lysander stands between the two, watching this dialogue like a tennis match. During the dialogue some costumes are hung, in full view, by changing actors (Servants’ robes), over the flats. Hermia or Helena tries to discretely push them back over the set, out of sight.


HERMIA:
God speed fair Helena! whither away?

HELENA:
Call you me fair? that fair again unsay.
Demetrius loves your fair: O happy fair!

HERMIA:
I frown upon him, yet he loves me still.

HELENA:
O that your frowns would teach my smiles such skill!

HERMIA:
I give him curses, yet he gives me love.

HELENA:
O that my prayers could such affection move!

HERMIA:
The more I hate, the more he follows me.

HELENA:
The more I love, the more he hateth me.

HERMIA:
His folly, Helena, is no fault of mine.

HELENA:
None, but your beauty: would that fault were mine!

HERMIA:
Take comfort: he no more shall see my face;
Lysander and myself will fly this place.

(Enter TITANIA, falsely timed.)

TITANIA:
What, jealous Oberon! Fairies, skip hence..

(She looks around and realises her entrance is early. Actors are momentarily fazed by the false entrance. They attempt to cover the error as Titania backs off.)

HERMIA:
And in the wood, where often you and I
Upon faint primrose-beds were wont to lie,
Emptying our bosoms of their counsel sweet,
There my Lysander and myself shall meet;
Farewell, sweet playfellow: pray thou for us;
And good luck grant thee thy Demetrius!
(Hermia and Lysander try to exit through the painted door, but it does not open. They back sheepishly around the set.)

HELENA:
Through Athens I am thought as fair as she.
But what of that? Demetrius thinks not so;
I will go tell him of fair Hermia's flight:
Then to the wood will he to-morrow night.

Suggested Song 1: Under the Moon of Love

(Something goes wrong with the track, which speeds up towards the end.)

(After the song, the actors wait for the blackout, frozen. When it does not happen one gestures to the stage manager and mouths the word ‘blackout’.)

STAGE MANAGER: (Over the tannoy)
Blackout!

End of Scene


STAGE MANAGER:
Mechanicals, this is your 1 minute call. Mechanicals - your final call. (Whispers, trailing off) Is Daisy Snodgrass here yet…?

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*For our American customers:


The pantomime is a traditional comedy play in the UK, generally performed around Christmas time. Not to be confused with 'mime'.

Longer Description:

Pantomime (informally panto) is a type of musical comedy stage production, designed for family entertainment. It was developed in England and is still performed throughout the United Kingdom, generally during the Christmas and New Year season and, to a lesser extent, in other English-speaking countries. Modern pantomime includes songs, slapstick comedy and dancing, employs gender-crossing actors, and combines topical humour with a story loosely based on a well-known fairy tale, fable or folk tale. It is a participatory form of theatre, in which the audience is expected to sing along with certain parts of the music and shout out phrases to the performers.

Pantomime has a long theatrical history in Western culture dating back to classical theatre, and it developed partly from the 16th century commedia dell'arte tradition of Italy, as well as other European and British stage traditions, such as 17th-century masques and music hall. An important part of the pantomime, until the late 19th century, was the harlequinade.

Source: Wikipedia

Christmas Shows


Why not try one of our popular Christmas shows this year? We have a range of panto-style scripts* which are specially written for schools and children's theatre companies. The script contains suggestions for songs but you can insert any songs which are popular with your children.


Find these popular Christmas shows in our catalogue:


Aladdin (panto script)

Ali Baba (panto script)

Beauty and the Beast (children's musical)

Coppelia (children's musical)

Cinderella (panto script)

Dick Whittington (panto script)

Hansel and Gretel (simple children's musical)

King Arthur (children's musical)

Peter Pan (children's musical)

Puss in Boots (panto script)

Robin Hood (panto script)

Rumpelstiltskin (children's musical)

Snow White (musical for students/adults)

Tom Thumb (panto script)

Treasure Island (musical for students/adults)

When Toad Came Home (children's musical)




Peter Pan Licensing

All licences for Peter Pan in the UK and US are handled by Samuel French. Click the button below to find out more and request a licence.  Licences for all other countries may be purchased here:  

Peter Pan licence for all other countries.


Peter Pan Licensing



Quick Find

Looking for a particular title? Try our quick find page to see a list of all our shows with quick links to the catalogue.

Year 6 Plays

Many of our shows are suitable for your Year 6 production. Our musicals come with backing tracks for your performance. 

See our Year 6 page for more information.


A Midsummer Night's Disaster

St Calamity's School is staging a production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Unfortunately, all does not go according to plan. There are costume failures, prop and set disasters, mis-timed entrances and exits, and missing and injured actors during the performance. Apart from a short prologue, all the lines are taken directly from Shakespeare's script, although all the lengthy speeches have been cut to enable younger children to access the play. Click here for more information.

Peter Pan

Are you looking for a child-friendly adaptation of Peter Pan with no flying, no talking animals, plenty of roles and catchy songs? Our version comes with a piano score and orchestral backing tracks for your performances. David Barrett's popular adaptation has been performed in many countries around the world. The royalties go directly to the Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity. You can read a sample of the script here or request a reading copy of the whole play and musical score here.

New

St Tabitha's

A riotous musical play set in a girls school in the 1950s. Full of fun and adventure, including hidden treasure, a ghost and a secret passage. Take a school full of unruly girls and add a group of boys who have been flooded out of their own school. The result is a recipe for disaster, with a lot of fun on the way. 

St Tabitha's Sample Here.

Complete script and score of St Tabitha's here.

Purchase St Tabitha's here.