Ten minutes long. Parts for 16+ actors. Best suited for ages 9-13, however, this story is really ageless and may be performed by children all the way up to adults.

The Selfish Giant can be found in a book entitled “The Happy Prince and Other Tales” by Oscar Wilde. This is a script based on the story.


A giant owns a beautiful garden that he wishes to keep all to himself. The garden flourishes with life. Birds sing, trees blossom and bear golden fruit, and flowers dance in the grass. While he is away, a group of children steal into his garden to play. One day he returns and chases all of the children out.  Soon, spring arrives, but in the garden of the Selfish Giant, it remains winter. Without the children, the trees forget to blossom and the birds don’t care to sing. Snow, Frost and Hail arrive, and stay, all through spring, summer and autumn. The giant is puzzled by this. But one day, he hears birds again in his garden; he believes summer to have finally come, but it is only because the children have returned to the garden. The giant realizes that it is the children who bring life to his garden, and decides to tear down the garden wall and let the children share his garden.

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