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Illustration by Emily Knight.

The Reluctant Dragon

Kenneth Grahame, author
Tom Poole, playwright
Jon Cranney, playwright
Michael Koerner, composer


  • 37 pgs. 1 female, 5 male +ensemble
  • Originally produced in CTC’s 1995-96 season
  • Audience Recommendation: All Ages
  • Run Time: 90 minutes


This charming play tells the tale of a boy who meets a kind and funny dragon on the edge of town. The boy and the dragon become friends and start spending a lot of time together. Then the people of the town find out about the dragon and send for St. George. The boy meets with St. George and takes him to meet the dragon. All three soon become friends and find themselves in a quandary. George doesn’t want to kill the dragon and the dragon has no desire to kill George. A plan is hatched and at the end of the story everyone celebrates in a happy party.

Classroom Reading Fee: $50 per classroom, per semester
Amateur/Educational Royalty Fee: $100 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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