The Prince and the Pauper


Andrew Beattie from Mark Twain

Published by SchoolPlay Productions

9 Male 5 Female

Based on the novel by Mark Twain, this is set in Tudor England and tells the tale of two boys - Edward Tutor, son of King Henry VIII and Tom Canty a poor boy from the London slums - who decide to swap places for the day to see how the "other half" lives

Through their adventures both boys come to understand that the grass is not necessarily greener on the other side

The action rises to a rousing finale set during the coronation of King Edward VI in Westminster Abbey, and includes various historical characters such as Henry VIII, Lady Jane Grey, the young Elizabeth I and Archbishop Thomas Cranmer

Minimum cast - 14 (9 m, 5 f) this would require some doubling up + crowd + chorus. Alternatively cast of up to 70 with many roles suitable for either gender

Suggested Age Range - 11 upwards

Runs about two hours including interval

Minimal Set - various locations: medieval London, dark forest etc. Most scenes require a small number of props and stage furniture.

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