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Theatrefolk’s Top 10: Large Cast Plays

Time for a Tfolk Top Ten Plays For…

Large Casts! Maybe your policy is to give a part to everyone who auditions. Or maybe your drama club is bursting with students. Either way, you need plays with a lot of characters. And not just characters who stand in the background holding up the scenery.

Click the link and you’ll be taken to the webpage for each play. There you’ll get the details and read sample pages.

All the best with your search!

The Pauper Princess
Cast size: 10M+28W+34 Either
A twist on The Price and the Pauper with two girls in the lead roles and Elizabethan England as the location. The Princess is Princess Elizabeth and the Pauper is a girl hiding as a boy in a location theatre production. A huge cast with roles for everyone who tries out.

Cast size: 13M+15W+25 Either, Expandable to 85+
Stories all over the world are under attack. Pages are going blank in a pandemic so big, the government’s involved. SynCryn has the original narrative DNA for every story and it’s an easy reboot process, so long as…. nothing goes wrong. Parts for everyone.

The Absolutely Insidious and Terrifying Truth About Cat Hair
Cast size: 8 Either, Plus ensemble of 8-100
A hilarious piece with an insanely large cast. How will you theatricalize cat hair that is plotting the downfall of humanity even as we speak? Personification at its best.

Circus Olympus
Cast size: 6M+9W, expandable to 12 M+20W
A gleeful celebration of greek myth with excellent large cast expansion and parts for all abilities. Circus elements are optional and are suggested for each myth.

Being Bianca: The Semi Complete Guide
Cast size: 2M+10W+38 Either
When told she should engage in volunteer work, Bianca decides on a great service to mankind: She will teach us all how to “Be Bianca.” (the semi-complete guide). Every life step is Bianca-ized! It may not be the best idea, but it is the most entertaining.

The Myths at the End of the World
Cast size: 2M+3W+2 Either, Expandable to 30
Four campers are not only lost in the wood, they are lost at the edge of the world with no land, water, stars or sun. The only thing to do is to release stories from around the world and from the wind. Excellent opportunities for mask and movement. A unique cross- curricular storytelling adventure.

The Art of Rejection
Cast size: The Art of Rejection 1M +1W+14 Either, Chaired 13 Either
Two plays that look at being alone – whether it’s the only letter in a sea of numbers, or alone in making the right decision to sit or stand. A combination of humanity and the avant-garde the two together make for a great competition piece.

The Canterbury Tales
Cast size: 4M+4W, Easily Expandable to 16+19W
Chaucer’s classic collection of tales comes to life in a full-length adaptation. Great characters, lots of humour, and strong ensemble work. Text uses modern English.

Cobweb Dreams
Cast size: 2M+17W+7 Either
Cobweb Dreams is a fun-filled fantasy that runs parallel to the events of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Cobweb is not having fun in Titania’s train. She dreams of a life where she plays pranks all day long and doesn’t have to be a stuffy, stuck-up fairy in waiting. Oh will this midsummer night never end?

The Snow Queen
Cast size: M+20W+31 Either
A magical theatrical adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s tale of a sister’s love, an ice cold heart, and a fantastical journey. It’s the original Snow Queen story brought to life.

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