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The rat trap – large cast comedy farce

large cast comedy farce

THE RAT TRAP – LARGE CAST COMEDY FARCE

Lord Arthur Harringway has a tricky problem. He’s just been given twenty four hours to live. Naturally this presents somewhat of a conundrum to him. The most pressing part of the conundrum is his annoying fortune.  Because he has to leave it to somebody. But to whom?

Not one of his relations is at all nice. In fact, the thought of leaving his money to any of them makes him turn in his grave (well nearly.) His relations are so odious that he devises a plan to trick them into thinking that he’s going to give all his money to them and punish them once and for all for all the trouble they’ve caused him in this large cast comedy farce.

He comes up with a cunning plan and that very night, summons all his relations to his mansion and sets them a task: Whoever can find the elusive portrait of his great aunt Agatha will be the sole heir to all his fortune. But where is the portrait? And who else knows of its existence…….

A large cast comedy farce in two acts with the best and worst of family, double crossing and mistresses.

Read about playwright Claire Demmer. Other best selling comedies (farces) (Don’t say you’re Harry) by Claire

Author: Claire Demmer

Genre: Large cast comedy farce

Type: Two act play

Cast: 5M, 5F, cast of ten

Ages of the actors: Adults from their twenties up to as old as you like

Length: 90-100 minutes

Suitable for: All ages

Set: The office of Sir Arthur Harringway the third. A sombre gentleman’s room with a large desk with drawer at an angle facing the audience SR, as well as a sofa and a few smaller armchairs SL. A drinks cabinet is upstage from the sofa. There is a door right upstage leading to the house and a door left upstage leading upstairs to the bedrooms. There is a wall safe behind a large painting between the two doors. The door to an en suite WC opens SL.

Level of difficulty: 7/10 – achieving elements of farce. A trick painting that swings up and down would need to be sturdily installed. Permission is given to modify the painting or use an alternative prop.

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Copyright © September 2016 Claire Demmer and Off The Wall Play Publishers

Like this play? Other two-act comedies and farces:

Leak in the En Suite – classic British Sex farce
The Mayhem Motel – two act American Farce
Lofty Larceny – hysterical two-act comedy about an insurance scam gone wrong

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Deliverance – play about Joan of Arc

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DELIVERANCE – PLAY ABOUT JOAN OF ARC

This play is a costume drama based on part of the life of Joan of Arc exploring the conflict between religious faith, skepticism, and religious bureaucracy with a little politics thrown in. It presents quite nicely the stress-induced myopia or shortsightedness of the rulers of a country when fortunes have turned against them, in this case battles lost against the English invaders.

The biography of Joan of Arc is generally well known, but the details of her life and exploits differ from one historian and chronicler to another. What? When? How? and, at times, Who? are matters which the experts have argued about for years.

The author has employed poetic licence to depict and at times exaggerate some of the incidents in Joan’s life, for instance her encounters with Baudricourt who did not have a wife named Melisende or a daughter called Maree or indeed a servant, Isabelle.

The other characters existed, apart from Stephen, James and Martin who are a figment of the author’s imagination and in this respect the same could be said for most of the business at Chinon, Charles de Poitiers acting as the Dauphin, Joan’s identification of the Dauphin and the other incidents and references to Poitiers and Orleans. The interweaving facts are merely based on accounts left to us by witnesses, and contemporary and subsequent chroniclers.

More about playwright Keith Passmore. Other plays (Todd – play about Sweeney Todd) by Keith.

Author: Keith Passmore

Genre: Biography, historical drama

Type:Two-act play

Cast: 21M, 10F. Although there are 31 characters in this play an actual cast of 23 actors could be used by doubling

Ages of the actors: Various

Length: Two hours plus

Set:Various chambers in noble houses/castles

Level of difficulty: 7/10. The stage directions are very detailed so it is ideal for a less-experienced group to present. Some video and audio knowledge is required and the costumes may be expensive.

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Copyright © January 2016 Keith Passmore and Off The Wall Play Publishers

Like this play? Other biographies we stock:

Play about Frida Kahlo
Lies you can’t make up – JFK conspiracy theory play
The Serpent under it – play about Helen Duncan, WWII medium, tried as a witch

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Pirate Appreciation Day – comedy script about pirates. Arrgh!

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PIRATE APPRECIATION DAY – COMEDY SCRIPT ABOUT PIRATES

Harken, mateys! Modern piracy no longer has its “good” name — or so claims the Pirate Appreciation Movement. This group of buccaneers believes commandeering a cruise ship on the Talk Like a Pirate Day holiday is the proper route to infamy. Its saltiest members, Walker D. Plank and sidekick Halitosis Halvard, sneak aboard the M.S. Stillwater as it departs for a Caribbean cruise.

They discover more than they bargained for in a colorful ensemble of fellow passengers. Frederick Feedle Fillingsworth is a fugitive museum curator with a valuable stolen artifact. Teenage nerd Paisley Nettleton is a prodigy of ancient languages and archeology, hovered over by his squabbling parents, Ned and Doris. The Captain — the hairiest man of the Seven Seas — would do anything to win the affections of Bridget, the mysterious yeoman.

By the time night falls on the first day at sea, a tentacled monster will be summoned, a sword fight will be fought with plastic butter knives, and someone will take a one-way voyage to Davy Jones’s locker. Aye so, but ’tis good to be a pirate!

The Waynesboro Players Community Theater premiered the play on Feb. 23–26, 2012 for a 4-show run in Waynesboro, VA. and was hailed as an “Uproarious comedy” by the Augusta Free Press.

Author: Matthew Warner

Type: Two-act comedy

Genre: Off The Wall Comedy

Cast: 11 Principals, 8M 3F and 7 smaller parts

Ages of the actors: Teenage up to older adult

Suitable for: All ages

Length: Play two hours long

Set: With the exception of Act I, Scene 1, which is at a bus stop, all scenes are aboard the M.S. Stillwater, a Caribbean cruise ship. The play takes place at various locations on the ship, such as by a railing, on the deck, a hallway and the casino.

Level of difficulty: 7/10 – a lot of fun for a large cast. Crowd control. Comedy script about pirates. Nuff said. 

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Copyright © December 2015 Matthew Warner and Off The Wall Play Publishers

Like this play? Other Off the Wall full length comedy plays:

Explain the Handcuffs – a time travel adventure
God help us – dark religipus comedy script
Tune in – comedy about reigniting a TV station
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Forgotten – two act fantasy play for high school

 

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FORGOTTEN – TWO ACT FANTASY PLAY FOR HIGH SCHOOL – what happened after Neverland?

Gwendolyn is a young schoolgirl plagued by recurring dreams of an imaginary place and time, not of this earth. Despite her best efforts to control her dreams, they are becoming more real and frequent than ever. But when she wakes up, she cannot remember anything at all, other than a fear of falling. When she sleepwalks and almost falls to her death, her school decide to send her home again. Once home she is sent to a specialist doctor for treatment to try to cure of of her mysterious illness that is causing her nightmares.

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But it seems that the imaginary place is very real indeed. Gwendolyn is “Wendy” and she dreams of a very real Neverland. Peter Pan has left Neverland to try and find her, risking the lives of all the people who live there, including the infamous Captain Hook. For Neverland cannot survive without Peter Pan. Hook, desperate to save Neverland, and of course himself, has followed Peter back to our world to find Wendy and to make her forget once and for all.

“Forgotten” is an exploration of J.M. Barrie’s classic children’s story, “Peter Pan” and poses the question of whether it was simply a story, a figment of Wendy’s imagination or a real place. In the 21st century we are accustomed to the concepts of time travel and alternate universes. This fantasy play for high school cleverly switches between, so to speak, the alternate Earths in the story.

A fun play that mixes pirates and adventure with 1906 England. I thoroughly recommend it! Altaire Gural, the playwright is a member of the playwright’s guild of Canada. 

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Author: Altaire Gural

Genre: Fantasy, fairytale play script

Type: Two-act play

Cast: Large cast – suitable for high school or community theatre productions. 13F 17M and many smaller parts of either gender

Ages of the actors: Children to adult actors

Length: Two hours long

Suitable for: All ages

Set: The set alternates between a school, Wendy’s home, and Neverland, where Peter pan lives and a pirate ship

Level of difficulty: 7/10 Frequent set changes will need good back-stage work. The characters don’t have difficult parts, the story carries the play. Wendy requires more ability than the other characters.

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Copyright © November 2015 Altaire Gural and Off The Wall Play Publishers

Like this play? Other full length fantasy plays in stock:

Dr George’s magnificent Zeppelin – a musical play
Wotcha! Gotcha! Steam punk Alice in Wonderland pantomime
The Robber Baron and the Baker thief – teen medieval adventure play

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Wotcha! Gotcha! Steam Punk Funny Pantomime

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WOTCHA! GOTCHA! STEAM PUNK FUNNY PANTOMIME

In this zany but extremely funny steam punk pantomime script, loosely based on Alice in Wonderland, Alice Liddell is kidnapped by the villains Mad Hat and Moriarty and taken through the looking glass to an alternate universe and imprisoned in their Dirigible because they want to take over her world and they have a cunning plan to get their way.

Her friends Dodgson and Prince Leopold enlist the help of the slightly less famous Shamrock Holmes and his sidekick, James Watson to get her back to their side of the looking glass. Together with the Dame and the Baker Street Irregulars, they set out to rescue her and save their world from imminent disaster.

They win, of course!

This panto has one written song in it, but songs can easily be added at the director’s discretion.

Wotcha! Gotcha! had a very successful two week run in New Jersey. Read a review about it in the Huffington Post.

Author: Gareth Jones

Genre: Steam punk funny pantomime

Type: Three act play

Cast: Large cast play with 26 named characters but smaller parts may be doubled or the sex of roles reversed.

Ages of the actors: Play with cast of children and adults

Suitable for: Suitable for all ages

Length: Play two hours long

Set: The set in act one and two is divided between Alice’s sitting room and the inside of the dirigible. Act three is divided between a concert hall and the dirigible. The inside of the dirigible can have decor that is steam punk in nature.

Level of difficulty: 7/10 – written as a classic British panto with cockney accents

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Copyright © October 2015 Gareth Jones and Off The Wall Play Publishers

Like this panto? Other funny pantomime script and children’s musicals that we stock:

Dr George’s Magnificent Zeppelin – musicals for children
Snow White and the Seven Dwarves – Traditional British Snow White Panto script
Sleeping Beauty – modern day Sleeping beauty Pantomime

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The Last Time I saw Paris – Three act comedy plays

THE LAST TIME I SAW PARIS – THREE ACT COMEDY PLAYS

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The Last Time I saw Paris – the alternative history – How the horse of Troy thing really went down! Complete with Greek Gods that are actually Scottish, and many, many puns, this teen parody on the Trojan wars in the style of the ‘Carry On films’ will have the cast giggling away , and the audience too. Featuring: Helen of Sparta, Paris, Hector, Achilles and a host of other mythical characters and complete with two songs and incidental music. It is a great play for a large cast, such as a secondary or high school or community theatre group.

Read about author Keith Passmore. Other plays by Keith Passmore.

Author: Keith Passmore

Genre: Historical parody

Type: Three act comedy play

Number of actors: Forty seven parts but may be doubled up

Ages of the actors: Teen to adult

Suitable for: Teens to adults

Length: 2-2.5 hours

Set: Various – various palaces, a wedding reception, palace grounds

Level of Difficulty: 8/10 crowd control

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© July 2014 Keith Passmore and Off The Wall Play Publishers

Like this play? Other large cast plays

A manger carol – nativity play for teens and older children
Aladdin – the comedy!
The Dragons of spring – two act medieval teen comedy

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If God Ate Fried Chicken – Short Comedy Plays

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IF GOD ATE FRIED CHICKEN – SHORT COMEDY SCRIPTS

If God Ate Fried Chicken is the story of Father Seacrest and Sister Blanche, secretly out on a date together to a chicken joint. Little do they know that fate has other plans for them, as uninvited outing guests begin showing up one after another, ending in the two of them hiding in the kitchen of the restaurant, and the police being called. By the end of it, all, it’s going to take a little divine intervention to keep things going even further south.

Read about playwright Timothy Starnes.

Dedication: “This script is dedicated to the one-and-only Savanah Jillani, whose winding, farcical stories of her own homeschooling inspire much of the aesthetic of the work. While as far as I know she’s never accidentally held-up a fried chicken restaurant, it all does not seem too far off, however, a bit unlikely though, seeing as she’s a vegetarian.”

Author:Timothy Starnes

Genre: Short Comedy Scripts

Type: One Act Plays

Length: Fifteen Minutes, 15 min.

Number of Actors: Eight minimum but more can be used

Ages of the actors: Some teenagers and up.

Suitable for: All ages

Set: A counter at a typical fried chicken outlet

Level of Difficulty: 6/10 – easy script – crowding onstage.

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Copyright February 2014 Timothy Starnes and Off The Wall Play Publishers

Like this play? Read some other short comedy scripts:

A Blind Date – short romantic comedy script
But I’m French – short black box stage comedy script
Insurance on the line – ten minute comedy scripts
Meeting Meryl – theatre of the absurd
Road rage – a tongue in cheek short comedy

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Jack Masterson and the Case of Absurdity – a two act teen farce

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JACK MASTERSON AND THE CASE OF ABSURDITY – A TWO ACT TEEN FARCE

In this two act farce, Jack Masterson has just started a private detective agency with his friend Lisa and they are awaiting their first case when Miss Lovely walks through their door in need of assistance.  It seems that a priceless family heirloom of Miss Lovely’s has gone missing and she needs Jack to find it for her.  Jack gladly accepts the case and starts by checking out the scene of the crime and questions Miss Lovely’s maid, Yvette and her obnoxious neighbor Sandra Moody.

Jack comes to the conclusion that his old nemesis, Professor D. Veous must have some information on the whereabouts of the missing heirloom.  While Jack goes off to question the Professor at his headquarters underneath the local Happy Hamburger Hut, Lisa goes down to Club Shady to question some of the local thugs about the theft.  While there she runs into Jack’s biggest rival Detective O’Malley who decides to help her out questioning the criminal element.  What heirloom could possibly worth so much trouble?  With three different endings it could be anything!!!

Author: Michael Maxwell

Characters: 18 (12F/6M)

Genre: Comedy, Two act Farce, TWO ACT TEEN FARCE

Type: Full Length Stage Play in 2 acts

Length: 90 Minutes

Suitable for: Any ages

Ages of Actors: Teen and Up

This show was produced and performed at Theatre 29 in Twentynine Palms, California in 2001 and was presented as a Summer Youth Play.  It was also nominated for Best Original Writing in 2002 by the Desert Theatre League of Palm Springs.

Michael Maxwell has been writing plays for the past 10 years and has written 13 plays and  had 11 of them produced both domestically on the community theater level and internationally at schools for English language programs. He has also written close to 60 “Saturday Night Live” style skits for a live sketch comedy show that performs in the Inland Empire.  His show “Like Clockwork” won the Desert Theater League of Palm Springs’ Best Original Writing Award in 2001.

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Copyright October 2011 Off The Wall Play Publishers

 

 

The Gold Locket – a one act drama for stage

The Gold Locket – A One Act Drama for Stage

 

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What would  you do if you found out that your father had had an affair while your late mother was alive? And then you start to unravel even more skeletons in the family closet…

This is a family saga of a dysfunctional family and a portrait of the generation gap that exists in every family.

Winner of “Best Original Script” in 2011 Franklin Festival.

Author: Ana Holmes

Characters: 1M, 7F

Ages of Performers: 2 40′s up, 2 adult, 4 children to young teens

Suitable for: All Ages

Genre: Drama

Length of Play:25-30 minutes

Type: One Act Festival Play

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Copyright Ana Holmes August 2011 Off The Wall Play Publishers

Ad Hoc – A Comedy in Three Acts (with a hint of romance)

 Ad Hoc – A Comedy  in Three Acts (with a hint of romance)

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In this comedy in three acts…..Meet Malcolm – feigning work in an advertising agency when he is, in fact, writing a play, also set in an ad agency, in which the characters are becoming more real to him than his own life. He can think of nothing else, not even his partner Charley, who’d give anything if Malcolm knew the color of her eyes. Instead, she spends her days getting him out of trouble whilst he works on his masterpiece. When Malcolm loses his job, and moves to another agency, he finds that the characters in his play are a little more real than even he thought possible in this comedy in three acts…

Read more about author Morley Shulman

Other comedies by Morley Shulman

Author: Morley Shulman

Characters: 9M, 3F

Genre: Romantic Comedy in three acts

Length:  2-2.5 hours

Level of Difficulty: 8/10 (making characters believable as it is a play within a play)

Suitable for: All ages

Ages of Performers: Mid twenties up to late Forties

Set: Typical ad agency office with a desk and papers, a computer and an office door

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Copyright August 2011 Off The Wall Play Publishers

 

Missing the Mark – a comedy in one act

Missing The Mark – A Comedy in One Act

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In this comedy in one act, Devon and Ethan have known each other since high school and now they have a successful racket as con men.  Devon has the perfect plan to scam a boat load of cash off of rich women by posing as producers making a big Hollywood blockbuster.  The two men set up a phony office and hire a pistol of a temp named Starla to run it.  A couple of promising marks come along including Shelly, a ditzy blonde, and Charlene, the eccentric wife of a billionaire who would give anything to be in the movies.  Everything seems to be going to plan until Devon’s ex-girlfriend Callia, who was also ripped off  by Devon shows up. She wants revenge…and a cut of the action.  Comedy and hijinx ensue as everyone tries to find out who’s conning who in this comedic farce.

Author: Michael Maxwell

Characters:  Cast 5F, 2M

Length: 60 Minutes

Genre: Comedy

Suitable for: Suitable for All Ages

Age of  Performers: Twenties to Middle Aged performers

Level of Difficulty: 7/10 (Timing)

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Copyright August 2011 Off The Wall Play Publishers

Like this play? Other crime ridden comedies:

Guilty party – whodunit three act farce
Road rage – tongue in cheek short two hander comedy
Don’t knock – comedy thriller script

An Empty Chair

 

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 A drama about a man named Kevin who was in a car accident, suffered major head trauma and is subsequently in a coma. The play opens and he finds himself in an empty room with a single chair with a sign on it that says “Do Not Sit.”  Kevin can hear everything that is happening in the world around him. Throughout the play, Kevin has the choice to come out of his coma, but has to come to terms with shocking revelations revealed throughout the play in order to do this.

Author: Damien Darr

Characters: 5M, 1 F

Length: 45 minutes, One Act Play

Genre: Drama

Difficulty: 7/10 ( Giving convincing dramatic performances that aren’t over the top)

Suitable for: All ages

Age of Performers: 1 child actor, rest adult to middle age.

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Copyright July 2011 Off The Wall Play Publishers

 

Sleeping Beauty the Pantomime

Sleeping Beauty the pantomine – A Tongue in Cheek Modern Day Pantomime

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It’s a modern day Sleeping Beauty, complete with an IT nerd, a heroine who is a member of Greenpeace and a deliciously wicked Augusta Stern, fired from Castletech, who plans to poison the lovely Aurora on her sixteenth birthday. There is, of course, a Dame, who writes the gossip, a tongue in cheek script and well known fun songs from all eras,  for all to enjoy. A typical traditional pantomime format and lots of fun for the whole family. Enjoy Sleeping Beauty the pantomime.

Author: Claire Demmer, Dylan Moss, Chris Esterhuyse

Characters: 2M (as female), 1F (as male), 3M, 5F, 1N

Level of Difficulty: Script 6/10, Chosen Songs 8/10

Length: 1.5 hours

Suitable for: All Ages

Ages of Actors: 16 to 60 years old

Genre: Pantomime – musical, comedy

Please note: The songs written in the script are adapted from popular music of the last 70 years. Royalties payed for this play do not include the songs – they are merely suggestions and other songs may be substituted. Royalties for each song will have to be paid to the licensing body of your particular country. Songs taken from Broadway musicals are generally allowed to be performed without paying rights for the entire production, as long as only two or fewer songs are used. The songs taken from popular music will have rights that need to be paid, but can easily be substituted with other songs, if budget is a constraint. The author has also written alternate songs for these cases. Contact us if you wish to see them.

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Copyright July 2011 Off the Wall Play Publishers