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Illustration by Lydia Fusco.

The Night Before Christmas

Charles Way, playwright


60 pgs. 3 female, 3 male
Originally produced by Polka Theatre, UK, in 2001
Run Time: 90 minutes
Audience Recommendation: 6+


Jimmy is living with his grandparents, and they are all dealing with the loss of Jimmy’s father (and their son) while Jimmy’s mother has gone to fight in the war for her husband. Nights are cold, there is little to eat, and they constantly have to run to the shelter to avoid air raid bombings. It seems a distant memory when anyone could really celebrate Christmas.

When Jimmy rescues a woman from the rubble, his whole world is turned upside down, again. The rescued woman insists that she is the wife of Father Christmas, and that Jimmy must help her rescue him from the dubious Frost. Jimmy defeats Frost with his forgiveness and warmth, and with his friends, manages to save Christmas.

“Charles Way’s story sparkles like frost on window, keeping the young enthralled and providing much for the adults to laugh at.” – The Stage, UK

“An impressive new play by Charles Way for everyone over six…Its message, that the warm glow of Christmas is fuelled by optimism and kindness, is delivered with such style it’s bound to put you in the festive mood.” – Time Out, UK

Classroom Reading Fee: $50 per classroom, per semester
Amateur/Educational Royalty Fee: $75 per performance
Professional Royalty Fee: please inquire for a quote
The royalty fee includes permission to make copies of the perusal script for your cast.

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