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Androcles and the Lion by Peter Bond
RolesMinimum Male roles = 2. Minimum Female roles = 2. Minimum total with doubling = 8. Minimum total without doubling = 9. Chorus. The chorus - of soldiers, slaves, Christians and lions - is optional.
Run TimeAround 8 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleShort rhyming fable for kids.
SynopsisAndrocles is a man who loves all living things - he's even reluctant to kill a lamb to feed himself. So when a lion appears, he's less worried about it eating his sheep and more concerned that there's a thorn in it's paw. Helping this lion turns out to be a good move in the long term...
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Androcles et Leo by Nicholas Richards
RolesMinimum Male roles = 3. Minimum Female roles = 3. Minimum total with doubling = 14. Minimum total without doubling = 23. Chorus. Most of the characters are written male (even the lion), for reasons of historical verisimilitude. Don't let that put you off.
Run TimeAround 25 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleShort drama (played for comedy) in which the protagonists speak Latin and the narrators, where necessary, translate.
SynopsisThe optimistic story of the slip-away slave meeting the limping lion - with a side-order of the private life of Emperor Claudius.
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The Art of Nero by Nicholas Richards
RolesMinimum Male roles = 4. Minimum Female roles = 0. Minimum total with doubling = 5. Minimum total without doubling = 5. No chorus. All written male (on the grounds of history), but that isn't essential to the plot.
Run TimeAround 30 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleRoman romp for kids. Single location (preferably decorated according to the taste of the emperor Nero).
SynopsisAs Nero constructs the Golden House amongst the Ashes of burnt Rome, three friends hatch a plot to end the tyranny and, more importantly, the dreadful singing, acting, poetry and painting of the mad emperor. Sadly, Nero's 'Art' defeats them all.
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Caesar - The Panto by Jenny Gilbert
RolesMinimum Male roles = 15. Minimum Female roles = 10. Minimum total with doubling = 31. Minimum total without doubling = 54. Chorus. Romans, Egyptians, a camel and a pantomime goose!
Run TimeAround 90 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicA list of suggested songs is included in the Producer's copy of the script. Lazy Bee Scripts does not supply any sheet music with this script.
StyleEnglish pantomime - slapstick, puns, mayhem, and even a bit of history thrown-in!
SynopsisFor once the all-conquering Julius is relaxing at home, but action is never far away! One of his court dancers has been turned into a flat cut-out from an Egyptian frieze, and Caesar will stop at nothing to find out who done it - especially if it keeps him away from his wife Calpurnia! He summons an informant and they, along with a bunch of hangers-on and the devilishly handsome Mark Anthony, head off on the trail of the villain. Senna, Caesar's Nanny, dons a variety of disguises to help Caesar, whilst keeping Brutus and fellow conspirators on the wrong track.
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Caesar and the Pirates [Full Version] by Nicholas Richards and Timothy Hallett
RolesMinimum Male roles = 9. Minimum Female roles = 1. Minimum total with doubling = 18. Minimum total without doubling = 29. Chorus. Flexible - the pirates roles could easily be shared by a smaller number and other doubling is possible. On the other hand, there is scope for pirate and soldier chourses. Only one specfied female role - Venus! - but others could be cast female.
Run TimeAround 85 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicThe Producer's Copy of the script comes with piano and vocal scores for six songs.
StyleMusical comedy play for kids - though the songs are optional.
A shorter version of the same play is available.
First published in 2011, revised in 2012.
SynopsisAn older Caesar is recounting his campaigns in Gaul to a bored scribe, who suggests that it might benefit Caesar's public image to tell a tale of his younger days... Something dashing, perhaps, involving pirates? As it happens, Caesar does know such a story...
Great fun (and secretly educational) with a genuine event in Caesar's life.
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ExtrasThe following additional items are available (at extra cost) to go with this script:
** Vocal recording for five tracks and six rehearsal tracks (accompaniment with an instrument playing the vocal line) for the songs from Caesar and the Pirates [Full Version].
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Caesar and the Pirates [Short Version] by Nicholas Richards and Timothy Hallett
RolesMinimum Male roles = 8. Minimum Female roles = 1. Minimum total with doubling = 17. Minimum total without doubling = 29. Chorus. Flexible - the pirates roles could easily be shared by a smaller number and other doubling is possible. On the other hand, there is scope for pirate and soldier chourses. Only one specfied female roles but some could be cast female.
Run TimeAround 65 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicThe Producer's Copy of the script comes with piano and vocal scores for six songs.
StyleComedy play for kids - with optional songs.
(A longer version of the same play is available.)
SynopsisAn older Caesar is recounting his campaigns in Gaul to a bored scribe, who suggests that it might benefit Caesar's public image to tell a tale of his younger days... Something dashing, perhaps, involving pirates? As it happens, Caesar does know such a story...
Great fun (and secretly educational) with a genuine event in Caesar's life.
PricePlease click on the Price Link to find the cost.
ExtrasThe following additional items are available (at extra cost) to go with this script:
** Vocal recording for five tracks and six rehearsal tracks (accompaniment with an instrument playing the vocal line) for the songs from Caesar and the Pirates [Short Version].
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Caradog And The Celts by Penny Burns
RolesMinimum Male roles = 17. Minimum Female roles = 3. Minimum total with doubling = 21. Minimum total without doubling = 45. Chorus. Very flexible numbers, with groups of Celts and Romans of various occupations, and opportunites for singers and dancers. The roles are a mixture of adults and children, but inteded to be played by children.
Run TimeAround 45 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicKeyboard and Vocal scores (with added percussion) for seven songs and one instrumental are provided with the Producer's Copy of the script.
StyleOne-act Musical Drama for schools (fitting with the Key Stage 2 History topic on Roman Britain).
SynopsisFollowing the Roman invasion of Britain in 43 AD, the Celtic resistance was led by Caradog (called Caratacus by the Romans). The play dramatises the life of the Celts on what is now the Welsh border and the battle for the hill fort of Caer Caradog. (We are also taken to Rome for a meeting with the Emperor Clau-Clau-Claudius.)
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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
** Soundtrack CD - vocal performances of songs from the show
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Cleopatra and the Roman Way by Geoff Bamber
RolesMinimum Male roles = 9. Minimum Female roles = 5. Minimum total with doubling = 15. Minimum total without doubling = 20. No chorus. No formal chorus, but opportunities for extras.
Run TimeAround 55 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleComedy play for kids. A solid grounding in ancient history, but it's comedy, so there are plenty of anachronisms.
SynopsisWhen the glamorous Queen Cleopatra takes over the throne of Egypt along with her brother Ptolemy XIII it coincides with the expansion of the Roman Republic (soon to be Empire) in her direction. Cleopatra does not find the advances of a succession of stylish Romans entirely unwelcome, even if her brother has to be disposed of in the process. Unfortunately, Roman politics being what they are, none of her suitors can be viewed as having any long-term prospects.
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A Fifty-Minute Titus Andronicus by Shakespeare, abridged Bill Tordoff
RolesMinimum Male roles = 20. Minimum Female roles = 3. Minimum total with doubling = 24. Minimum total without doubling = 36. Chorus. Large numbers of speaking roles, many appearing on stage at the same time. Flexibility in the non-speaking roles, with Roman nobility and a whole army of Goths (who probably dressed differently in Roman and Shakespearen times).
Run TimeAround 50 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleAbridgement of William Shakespeare's 'Titus Andronicus', 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.)
SynopsisWhen Roman general Titus Andronicus returns victorious from the wars against the Goths, he resolves to be king-maker, rather than taking the role of emperor for himself. Having lost many of his sons in the fighting, Titus has the eldest son of Tamora, captive Queen of the Goths, sacrificed to the gods. When Tamora is freed by the new Emperor, she and her lover Aaron set about avenging themselves - a feud that is tragic for all concerned.
Bill Tordoff started this series as abridgements for primary schools. We think that some of the themes in Titus are too adult for that demographic!
Asides: This is not for the faint-hearted, though John Webster probably enjoyed it, and Mrs Lovett would have learned a thing or two.
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A Forty-Minute Antony and Cleopatra by Shakespeare, abridged Bill Tordoff
RolesMinimum Male roles = 14. Minimum Female roles = 4. Minimum total with doubling = 18. Minimum total without doubling = 40. No chorus. Lots of small roles (guards, messengers and the like), so either opportunities for a large cast or scope for doubling!
Run TimeAround 40 minutes. [Estimated!]
MusicNone.
StyleAbridgement of William Shakespeare's 'Antony and Cleopatra', with the original text cut down to 40 minutes or so.
(The abridgement is copyrighted, so we charge for scripts and copying rights, but performances are royalty-free.)
SynopsisAfter the assassination of Julius Caesar, Rome is ruled by a triumvirate, locked in a struggle for power. Mark Antony is beguiled by Cleopatra, the Egyptian Queen, and neglects his duties in Rome. Eventually, there is open warfare between Antony and Octavius Caesar. Antony loses, and Cleopatra takes her own life (with the aid of literature's second most famous snake.)
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