The Princess and the Pea – six (6) actor version

adapted from the fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen

Synopsis

Bandits have begun attacking the kingdom. The only hope for salvation lies with Prince Harold, who must wed before he can be crowned king. But Harold is more interested in wrestling than girls – even when a beautiful maiden claiming to be Princess Marigold appears at the castle. Determined to stay single, Harold devises a way to test Marigold’s qualifications using a garden pea and a stack of mattresses. Can Marigold pass the test? Will the kingdom be saved? A fun twist on a classic fairy tale.

Cast

Mother Hubbard a beggar woman
Little Boy Blue shepherd boy
Peter Piper farmer
Marigold amnesiac mistaken for a princess
Ned Kelly a bandit
Billy a bandit who carries a club
Baldric the late king, shown in flashback as a young prince
Queen Margaret wife of the late King Baldric
Lord Ellington the Minister of State
Baker town baker, confirmed bachelor, avid wrestler
Prince Harold Baldric and Margaret’s son, loves wrestling
Gerry Harold’s squire
El Gigantico a brutish wrestler
The Villagers work around the village green
The Peasants live in Poor Town

Specs

Cast Size: 6 (3m, 3w) with doubling
Approximate Run Time: 55m
Number of Acts: One
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Production History

The Princess and the Pea (6 actor version) was first produced in 2019 by the Barter Players (Abingdon, VA), Katy Brown, Artistic Director


Casting Notes:
The following roles are to be played by the same actor:
Marigold/Villager #2
Prince Harold
Mother Hubbard/Queen Margaret/Villager #1
Little Boy Blue/ Billy/Baker/Peasant #1
Peter Piper/Gerry/El Gigantico/Peasant #2
Ned Kelly/Ellington/Baldric/Villager #3/Peasant #3

Cast Size: 6 (3m, 3w) with doubling
Approximate Run Time: 55m
Number of Acts: One
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Synopsis

Bandits have begun attacking the kingdom. The only hope for salvation lies with Prince Harold, who must wed before he can be crowned king. But Harold is more interested in wrestling than girls – even when a beautiful maiden claiming to be Princess Marigold appears at the castle. Determined to stay single, Harold devises a way to test Marigold’s qualifications using a garden pea and a stack of mattresses. Can Marigold pass the test? Will the kingdom be saved? A fun twist on a classic fairy tale.

Cast

Mother Hubbard
a beggar woman
Little Boy Blue
shepherd boy
Peter Piper
farmer
Marigold
amnesiac mistaken for a princess
Ned Kelly
a bandit
Billy
a bandit who carries a club
Baldric
the late king, shown in flashback as a young prince
Queen Margaret
wife of the late King Baldric
Lord Ellington
the Minister of State
Baker
town baker, confirmed bachelor, avid wrestler
Prince Harold
Baldric and Margaret’s son, loves wrestling
Gerry
Harold’s squire
El Gigantico
a brutish wrestler
The Villagers
work around the village green
The Peasants
live in Poor Town
Casting Notes:
The following roles are to be played by the same actor:
Marigold/Villager #2
Prince Harold
Mother Hubbard/Queen Margaret/Villager #1
Little Boy Blue/ Billy/Baker/Peasant #1
Peter Piper/Gerry/El Gigantico/Peasant #2
Ned Kelly/Ellington/Baldric/Villager #3/Peasant #3


Production History

The Princess and the Pea (6 actor version) was first produced in 2019 by the Barter Players (Abingdon, VA), Katy Brown, Artistic Director

Script Sample
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