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The Nightingale

Hans Christian Andersen, author
Randy Latimer, playwright
Gary Rue, composer


64 pgs. 20 Characters

Originally produced by Steppingstone Theatre

Run Time: 60 minutes

Audience Recommendation: 6+


In Andersen’s beloved tale, the Chinese Emperor receives a gift of a Nightingale. Although clad in plain feathers, the Nightingale’s song is so lovely and enchanting, the Emperor thinks that there is nothing more beautiful – until he receives a another gift, that of a bejeweled wind-up bird! The poor Nightingale is left sad and alone, practically forgotten by the Emperor and his glittering court, all fascinated with the mechanical bird. But when the Emperor falls desperately ill, and the wind-up bird can’t save him, it’s the real Nightingale that comes and cures the Emperor’s illness with his song.


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.


*Production CD available. Additional fees apply.

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