The Actor's Nightmare

by  Christopher Durang

Short Play, Comedy  /  2m, 3f

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The Actor's Nightmare

by  Christopher Durang

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 3f
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

George wanders on stage looking somewhat baffled, to be met by stage manager Meg, who says he is to 'go on' for an actor who has had an accident. George looks more mystified still, his confusion growing as Ellen Terry, Sarah Siddons and Henry Irving arrive all apparently ready to perform. But what in? Private Lives? Hamlet? Or something by Beckett? As each starts playing his or her respective parts George tries valiantly to follow them, but is eventually apparently facing the Executioner as Thomas More in A Man for All Seasons. As the play ends the others wait for George to take his bow - but he seems to be dead...
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Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre


  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: £39 per performance plus VAT when applicable.



  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Setting: An empty stage
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


2m, 3f
George Spelvin: 20-30
Meg: pleasant, efficient: 25-30
Sarah Siddons: imposing, glamorous: about 30
Dame Ellen Terry: younger and less grand than Sarah
Henry Irving: somewhat grand: 28-33
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Christopher Durang

Christopher Durang's plays include The Idiots Karamazov (coauthored with Albert Innaurato), A History of the American Film (Tony nom.), Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You (Obie Award), Beyond Therapy (off and on Broadway), Baby with the Bathwater, The Marriage of Bette and Boo (Obie's for playwriting, Jerry Z ...

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