The Golden Goose by Lynn Brittney

The approximate running time of this play is 35 minutes.

Almost like a pantomime, with a magic tree sprite, a hungry troll, a golden goose (who dances but does not lay golden eggs), and a princess who can't smile. Be prepared for some awful jokes but lots of laughs.

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18 main speaking parts, large chorus of palace courtiers/townspeople.

As with all our plays, there are full production notes that give advice on scenery, prop and costume-making.

There is no music suggested for this play but please feel free to add your own.

The King is desperate to get his daughter to laugh - even a smile would do. But, despite the efforts of various people, she remains resolutely glum. So the King promises her hand in marriage to anyone who can make the Princess laugh. Cue a young woodcutter who, as a reward for not cutting down a Tree Sprite's home, is given a Golden Goose, who talks and dances. So, the woodcutter decides to take her to the Palace.

His quest is not entirely successful, at first. Although he makes the Princess laugh, the King is not happy at the thought of his daughter marrying a woodcutter so he sets a challenge - that he must eat and drink all the food in the kingdom. The Tree Sprite comes to the rescue by producing a ravenously hungry Troll. The rest is chaos, with an ultimately happy ending.

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