The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (Heimbuch/Ferguson)

by  John Heimbuch, Jon Ferguson

Full Length Play, Drama  /  2m, 1f, 7m or f

A dynamic ensemble-based retelling of the famous Washington Irving short story. 

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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (Heimbuch/Ferguson)

by  John Heimbuch Jon Ferguson

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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (Heimbuch/Ferguson)

  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 1f, 7m or f
  • Duration


    90 minutes
  • SubGenre


    Adaptations (Literature), Mystery/Thriller, Period
  • Accolades


    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

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

Additional Info

In the quaint village of Sleepy Hollow, stories of wonder and strangeness surround the legend of a mighty headless Hessian. When the humble schoolteacher Ichabod Crane vies for the hand of the beautiful Katrina Van Tassel, the townsfolk might protest, but it is ultimately the Horseman who will decide his fate.

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"[Heimbuch and Ferguson] infuse this work with a lively blend of gothic terror and tongue-in-cheek humor that ably captures Irving’s story and demonstrates why it remains so compelling." - Star Tribune, Read More 

"The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is one of the most absorbing, entertaining shows you’re likely to see on stage this season." -, Read More 

"It’s the details that make any story convincing, and this marvelous rendition of the Great American Halloween Story sure convinced me. Don’t miss it." - Twin Cities Daily Planet, Read More 

"The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is a complete theatrical experience that is sure to please." - Aisle Say-Twin Cities, Read More 

"[...] delightfully spooktacular and silly [...] it's inventive and creative storytelling, which I always applaud." - Cherry and Spoon, Read More 


  • Trailer for The Legend of Sleepy Hollow at Walking Shadow Theatre Company
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Performing Groups

  • Jr High/Primary
  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Outdoor
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
  • Youth/Camp Programs


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License details

  • Minimum Fee: $125 per performance



  • Time Period: 18th Century, 19th Century
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting:

    On the continent of North America, in the country of the United States, in the state of New York, in the region of Tarrytown is the village of Sleepy Hollow. Autumn 1801.

  • Additional Features: No intermission, Puppetry
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes


2m, 1f, 7m or f

ICHABOD CRANE – a Connecticut schoolteacher
GEOFFREY CRAYON – a New Yorker of distinction
BROM BONES – a roistering blade
KATRINA VAN TASSEL– a country coquette
BALTUS VAN TASSEL– a gentleman farmer
HANS VAN RIPPER – another gentleman farmer
PARSON VAN HOUTEN – a man of faith
RUPERT VAN BRUNT – a spiteful schoolboy
GUNPOWDER – a weatherbeaten nag
OTTO VAN LANCKER– a willing believer
OLD BROUWER – a willful disbeliever
HORSEMAN – a headless Prussian mercenary

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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Cross gender casting
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Expandable casting
  • Flexible casting

Casting Notes

The play may be done with a cast of 10 or more. The roles of Ichabod, Brom Bones, and Katrina should played by actors of the appropriate gender. All other roles may be played by anyone in the ensemble.



John Heimbuch

John Heimbuch is the Co-Artistic Director of Walking Shadow Theatre Company in Minneapolis. His original full length plays include William Shakespeare's Land of the Dead, A Midwinter Night’s Revel, The Transdimensional Couriers Union, S. Gunter Klaus and the Story Before, The King is Dead, Squawk, 10-Speed Revolution, ...

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Jon Ferguson

Jon Ferguson is from Durham in the Northeast of England. He trained at Middlesex University in London with leading physical theatre practitioner John Wright. He has worked with some of the leading theater companies and practitioners in the UK and US including Hoipolloi (UK), The John Wright Company, Told by an Idiot, M ...

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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow was originally commissioned and produced by the Jon Hassler Theater in 2010, under the direction of Jon Ferguson. It was further developed by Walking Shadow Theatre Company in 2013, also under the direction of Jon Ferguson.

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