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7 characters. 4 pages, approximately 8 minutes. Ages 7-18.

A princess with long golden hair is held captive in a tower by an evil witch.

This four page script stays true to the original Grimm’s Fairy Tale. It is perfect to perform as part of a festival of Grimm’s Fairy Tales, or to introduce actors to the concept of using scripts and memorizing lines.

Excerpt from the play:


Narrator One
Narrator Two

Narrator One: Once upon a time there was a man and a woman who wished for a child, but to no avail.

Narrator Two: One day, the woman was looking out her window into a garden that was full of the most beautiful flowers and herbs. Her eyes fell upon a patch of rampion, a kind of fresh green lettuce, and she felt she simply must have some of it.

Narrator One: But the garden was surrounded by a high wall, and no one dared to go into it because it belonged to an enchantress who had great power and was feared by all.

Narrator Two: She called her husband to her side.

Wife: Husband, come here!

Husband: What is the matter, dear wife?

Wife: If I don’t get some of the rampion from the garden behind our house, I will surely die.

Husband: It’s dangerous to enter that garden, but my love for you is stronger, so I will go.

Narrator One: That night, he climbed over the wall into the garden of the enchantress, clutched a handful of rampion and brought it to his wife.

Wife: Thank you my darling. This salad is so good. But I simply must have more.

Narrator Two: So once again, the husband waited until nightfall and descended into the garden. He was shocked to see the enchantress standing before him.

Enchantress: How dare you sneak into my garden and steal my rampion like a common thief!

Husband: Oh please, show me mercy. My wife saw it from her window and felt as if she would die if she could not have some.

Enchantress: If what you say is true, I will let you take as much as you want of the rampion, but on one condition. You must give me the child which your wife will bring into the world. I will take care of it like a mother and it will not want for anything.

Narrator One: The husband was so terrified that he consented to everything.

Narrator Two: Soon thereafter, the woman gave birth to a baby girl and the enchantress appeared at once.

Enchantress: I will take the child now. I’ll call her Rapunzel.

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