The Swine of Avon
Short Play, Comedy / 12m or f
Here is the story of Shakespeare and his plays as told by pigs! Blasphemy? More a delightful farce with a large, flexible cast. And the play actually sheds light on the famous Swan of Avon. This action-packed comedy is filled with puns, satire, silliness, and even brief scenes from Shakespeare given a new porcine twist!
- No Special Cautions
- Minimum Fee: $45 per performance
- Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day, 16th Century / Elizabethan
- Duration: 30 minutes
A bare stage with props works best.
- Additional Features: No intermission, Physical Comedy, Stage Combat
- Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Period Costumes
- Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
- Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
- Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)
Casting12m or f
PIGSKIN and PIGSTY - two tour guides.
SHANKSPEARE - the greatest playwright in all of Swinedom.
MAMA - Shankspeare's mother.
BOARBAGE - a famous actor and manager of the Glob Playhouse.
SWILL KEMP - a comic actor.
GOOD QUEEN BLT - the First, reigning monarch of Swinedom.
SIR FRANKFURT BACON - a scientist and scholar.
A SPY, STRANGER, PUBLISHER, PIGLETS, TOURISTS, ACTORS THEATREGOERS, and STUDENTS
The same actors play the following characters from Shankspeare's plays
DON ARMADILLO - a Spanish nobleman
MOUTH - a youth
KING PORKRIND THE THIRD - a villainous swine
PORKCHOPIO - an Italian ruffian
KATERINA PIGIRON - a shrew.
PORKERON - king of the fairies.
CANADIAN BACON - queen of the fairies.
PICKLED-PIG'S-FEET - a mischevious spirit.
HOGWILD - a union foreman.
PETER CURLTYAIL - a union worker.
JULIOUS RAZORBACK - a Roman general.
BRUTE CHOPS - a Roman nobleman.
MACBOAR - thane of Scotland.
LADY MACBOAR - his wife.
HAMHOCK - Prince of Denmark.
BURPTRUDE - Queen of Denmark.
BALONEYUS - a courtier.
SWINEO and DROOLIET - two young lovers.
PORCINO - a wizard.
- Ensemble cast
- Non-Traditional casting
- Cross gender casting
- Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
- Expandable casting
- Flexible casting
- Multicultural casting
- Room for Extras
Parts for up to 24 actors. All roles can be played by male or female actors. Doubling indicated in script.