Synopsis

The Prince and the Pauper

The Prince and the Pauper $14.99

Jemma Kennedy from Mark Twain

Published by Methuen

5 Male 3 Female

You are a Prince, not a pauper. And before too long the whole of England will be in your hands ...

This is a dynamic and fast-paced stage adaptation of Mark Twain's 1881 classic novel of confused identities

Set in a gritty, vibrant Tudor London, the poverty-stricken Tom Canty has a chance meeting with the young heir to the throne, Prince Edward, and by pure coincidence they find they look almost identical

The Prince and the Pauper tells the story of what happens when one person is mistaken for the other and what happens to them in the long-term ...

Tom Canty is forced into the world of the court and power, while Edward is cast down into a world of poverty and thieves, from which he must fight his way back to the court

"Perfectly timeless ... a post-modern morality tale" ~ Laura Thompson, Telegraph

"Remains as appealing for 21st-century children as it was for those who first read the novel on its publication in 1882 Kennedy's sturdy adaptation, which cleverly plays up the fun of the role-swapping scenario and offers a bit of Tudor-style cross-dressing, Horrible Histories-esque jokes, and even an unlikely little spoof of Les Misérables humour and intelligence prevail" ~ Lyn Gardner, Guardian

"You can't fault this version of The Prince and the Pauper for originality ... it is both fast and funny" ~ Susan Elkin, The Stage

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