Splitting Heirs

by  Freyda Thomas

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  4m, 3f

Splitting Heirsis an original comedy in verse, very loosely based on Le Légataire universelby Jean-François Regnard.

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Splitting Heirs

by  Freyda Thomas

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 3f
  • Duration


    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre


    Farce, Adaptations (Stage & Screen)
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13)
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

Eraste is in love with Isabelle, but the only way her mother will let her marry him is if his uncle Geronte names him heir to his fortune, which the miserly old man is doubtful to do. It’s up to the help of the two servants, Lisette and Crispin, to don disguises and scheme those around them to wed the young lovers, and even have a chance at love themselves. Loosely based on the eighteenth-century farce by Jean-François Regnard, Freyda Thomas gives even more life to this lesser-known French farce.
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Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Senior Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups


  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: £55 per performance plus VAT when applicable.



  • Time Period: 18th Century
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: The home of Geronte in Paris.
  • Additional Features: Physical Comedy
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes


4m, 3f

ERASTE - Nephew to GERONTE, bumbling, awkward, shy, loveable, scared of his uncle, madly in love with ISABELLE
ISABELLE The girl next door. Everything you’ve ever wanted in an ingenue and less. Never says more than three words in a row until the epilogue. Conveys her character in poses. Lisps.
CRISPIN - (Kree-SPAN) Servant to ERASTE, jack-of-all-trades, bon-vivant, master of disguise. Fences, plays a German doctor, a woman and impersonates GERONTE. 
LISETTE - Prototype comic maid, servant to GERONTE, in love with Crispin.  Sharp, sassy, plays a man in one scene.
GERONTE - An old, sick miser. Dies several times. 
MME. ARGANTE - ISABELLE’S mother. Lady Bracknell in Paris. 
POQUELIN - GERONTE’s lawyer. A very short man. (Also Plays the GENDARME).

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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Parts for Senior Actors


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