Blood Royal: A Play of the Princes in the Tower

9781620882801: Blood Royal: A Play of the Princes in the Tower

The year is 1483, and a boy makes a friend: a kitchen girl in his castle. But when his father, Edward IV, suddenly passes away and the boy becomes King of England, young Beth becomes part of one of the darkest and most mysterious episodes in English history. As the boy's uncle, Richard of Gloucester, sets his sights on the throne, will Beth be able to do more than be a spectator to the fate of Edward and his younger brother, the Princes in the Tower? Historical figures and fictional characters collide in this fast-paced, theatrical drama. 90-100 minutes. 5-15 females, 12-40 males (17-55 performers possible). Ideal for high schools, youth theatres, universities, and community theatres. Published and performances licensed by YouthPLAYS (, publisher of plays for young actors and audiences.

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Andrew Beattie has directed a number of plays at Eltham College in London, where he has worked since 1992. These include John Mortimer's A Voyage Round My Father, Alan Ayckbourn's Ernie's Incredible Illucinations and Tom Stoppard's Doggs Hamlet, Cahoots Macbeth. His published plays include an adaptation of Mark Twain's The Prince and the Pauper and original works such as Dramatic Licence and Ordinary Jack which have been performed by schools and youth theatre groups in the UK and Australia. His play Brief Lives won the Scottish Community Drama Association's award for new writing for youth theatre; the play was subsequently performed at the E15 Acting School in East London in a production directed by the actress Alison Steadman.

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