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Ken Ludwig's Leading Ladies - Full Length Play, Comedy

Ken Ludwig's Leading Ladies

Ken Ludwig

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Full Length Play, Comedy

5m, 3f

ISBN: 9780573632884

"Ludwig's newest farce is so funny, it will make sophisticated and reasonable men and women of the 21st century cackle till their faces hurt." - Houston Press

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Minimum Fee: $100 per performance


Full Length Play


Farce, Period

120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - 1950s

Settings Of Play - 1950s York, PA. Various locations.


Physical Comedy

UIL Approved, Competition or audition material

Interior Set, Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Period Costumes


No Special Cautions


Appropriate for all audiences, Adult, Senior, Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13), Teen (Age 14 - 18)


High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Reader's Theatre, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

In this hilarious comedy by the author of Lend Me A Tenor and Moon Over Buffalo, two English Shakespearean actors, Jack and Leo, find themselves so down on their luck that they are performing "Scenes from Shakespeare" on the Moose Lodge circuit in the Amish country of Pennsylvania. When they hear that an old lady in York, PA is about to die and leave her fortune to her two long lost English nephews, they resolve to pass themselves off as her beloved relatives and get the cash. The trouble is, when they get to York, they find out that the relatives aren't nephews, but nieces! Romantic entanglements abound, especially when Leo falls head-over-petticoat in love with the old lady's vivacious niece, Meg, who's engaged to the local minister. Meg knows that there's a wide world out there, but it's not until she meets "Maxine and Stephanie" that she finally gets a taste of it.

"Ken Ludwig is a national treasure. He has almost single-handedly kept alive the sense of humor of Philip Barry, Billy Wilder, Preston Sturgis, George S. Kaufman, and the Marx Brothers. With Lend Me a Tenor and Moon Over Buffalo, Ludwig established himself as the American playwright to look to for the fast and furious comedic stylings of those masters... Slapstick goofiness, scrambled Shakespeare, and good-natured laughs make Leading Ladies an irresistible treat." - Montana Reperatory Theatre

"Ludwig's newest farce is so funny, it will make sophisticated and reasonable men and women of the 21st century cackle till their faces hurt." - Houston Press

"Leading Ladies is consistently funny-indeed, increasingly hilarious as it progresses." - Houston Chronicle

"Look for Leading Ladies to become a staple of summer stock and community theatres. And, mind you, I mean that as a compliment." - Variety

"Ken Ludwig gives the audience something powerful and potent: laughter and a guiltless evening of Theatre-going." - Village News

"Leading Ladies is a highly combustible and continuously hilarious new comedy by Ken Ludwig, Broadway's reigning gagmeister." - Cleveland Plain Dealer

Leading Ladies had its world premiere at the Alley Theatre, Gregory Boyd Artistic Director, in association with the Cleveland Playhouse, Michael Bloom, Artistic Director, Dean R. Gladden, Managing Director, on October 15, 2004. It was directed by Ken Ludwig.



5m, 3f


Ensemble cast, Non-Traditional casting, Cross gender casting, Multicultural casting, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle), Parts for Senior Actors


No Chorus

Rental Materials


N/A (Not a musical)


N/A (Not a musical)

  • Meet The Playwright: Ken Ludwig

Ken Ludwig

Ken Ludwig

Ken Ludwig is a two-time Olivier Award-winning playwright whose work is performed throughout the world in more than thirty countries and over twenty languages. He has written twenty-four plays and musicals, with six Broadway productions and seven in London’s West End. His Tony-winning play Lend Me A Tenor, was called "one of the classic comedies of the 20th century” by The Washington Post. His ... view full profile

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Leonora Harrison 2/3/2017 9:29 AM
This was a surprise hit with our audiences.  Mistaken identities are always a hit if done properly.  I directed this one and was blessed to have a stellar cast to work with. I would definitely recommend this show for any community theater looking for a fast paced comedy.
Renata Rauschen 6/13/2016 2:56 PM
Opened our season with show and we are afraid to match it!  Our patrons are still talking about it!
Sherry McCamley 5/3/2016 8:30 AM
I found myself picturing some of my high school kids in these roles - they would have a blast!  The characters are all interesting and hilarious!

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