Tiger at the Gates

by  Jean Giraudoux, Christopher Fry

Full Length Play, Drama  /  15m, 7f

Winner! The Critics' Circle Award as the best foreign play of the year.

"A play of beauty, dignity and quality" -N.Y. Post 

"Conveys wit and thought and humor" -N.Y. Times 


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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    15m, 7f
  • Duration

    Duration

    75 Minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Adaptations (Literature), Docudrama/Historic
  • Audience

    Target Audience

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

Additional Info

On the platform stage, bare but for a pair of immense gates, stalks the inevitable tiger of war. Hector returns from battle as a peacemaker and convinces Ulysses and the populace of the insanity of war. Together they agree that the Trojan War shall not take place. But the poets need a war for their elegies and dirges; the king, because it is custom; the lawyer, because of his honor; and others, for various mean reasons. And so, in spite of all logic, the war erupts.
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Accolades

  • Winner! The Critics' Circle Award as the best foreign play of the year and recipient of many other awards.

Reviews

"A play of beauty, dignity and quality" -New York Post 

"Conveys wit and thought and humor" -New York Times 



Keywords

Politics, War

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance
  • Optional Music/Media Fee: $15 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Greek; Roman & Biblical
  • Duration: 75 Minutes
  • Setting: Ramparts of the palace; morning. 
  • Additional Features: Stage Combat
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

15m, 7f

ANDROMACHE

CASSANDRA

LAUNDRESS

HECTOR

PARIS

PRIAM

DEMEKOS

HECUBA

MATHEMATICIAN 

LADY IN WAITING

POLYXENE

HELEN

MESSENGER

TRIOLUS

ABNEOS

BUSIRIS

AJAX

ULYSSES

A TOPMAN

OLPIDES

SENATOR

SAILOR

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Casting Notes

Tiger at the Gates was originally presented by Robert L. Joseph, Henry M. Margolis, and the Playwrights Company at the Plymouth Theatre in New York on October 3rd, 1955. 

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Authors

Jean Giraudoux

Jean Giraudoux

Christopher Fry

Christopher Fry

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