BABES IN THE WOOD

by Colin Barrow

This tried and trusted traditional pantomime never fails to deliver a good fun packed production. Although the Babes are generally played by the younger generation, this script also allows them to be played by two adults who age themselves down. If you cast with the latter option, it gives a added dimension of comedy. The script contains all the usual pantomime traditions and suitable routines along with a good character base. This can be a good pantomime if you have restricted budgets as it can be produced on a shoe string. On the other hand, it will respond to any budget and fit well with your normal expectations and customs.

This pantomime has a good spread of character types that will entertain the audience well. Peter and Mary, the Babes, have been orphaned and are living with their uncle, their fathers brother. The Babes father was a very wealthy man and on the Babes eighteenth birthdays they will inherit his vast wealth. However, Sir Gerald Hardwick, their wicked uncle, has other ideas and if he can get rid of the babes, kill them, that wealth comes to him absolutely. He employs Daisy and Buttercup, the two comics, to help him do the dirty deed. However they can’t bring themselves to do ‘murder ‘and leave the Babes in the woods. Floella, Dame, hatches a plan not only to save the Babes but to try and marry the Squire, who is Maid Marian’s father. Through this web of plans and plotting, Robin Hood and his merry men become embroiled to save the Babes. Needless to say Maid Marian and Robin fall in love in true pantomime style. But that’s not all, Fairy Bluebell, who weaves her magic through the story also finds love, but who is the lucky man.

 

CHARACTERS

Male 3 Female 4 Either 7

MAIN CHARACTERS

Peter…………………………………..……..……A Babe

Mary………………………………………….……A Babe

Daisy……………………………………….……….Comic

Buttercup……………………………………….….Comic

Floella……………………………………….….…..Dame

Bluebell………………………………………………Fairy

Wicked Uncle………………………………………Villain

Squire…………………………………..Father of Marian

Marian…………………………………….…Principle girl

Robin………………………………………..Principle boy

SMALL PART/CAMEO CHARACTERS

Friar Tuck………………………Cook of the merry men

Will Scarlet……………………….One of the merry men

Little John………….…………….One of the merry men

Alan a-Dale……..a Minstrel and one of the merry men

 

RUNNING TIME

Approximately 2 hours – not including interval

 

PREVIEW

Preview available here

 

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