David Copperfield is the third of a series of plays based on Charles Dickens’ books. It is intended as a simple presentation for young children. The first was A Christmas Carol, the second Oliver Twist.
Oliver Twist was co-narrated by the narrator and Fagin, to illustrate what life was like in Victorian England. This one, David Copperfield, is co-narrated by the narrator and Charles Dickens, drawing many parallels between his own life and that of David Copperfield.
Cast of 15
Duration: Around 15 minutes
Scene 5 Mr. Wickfield’s House
(Mr. Wickfield looking old and frail, sitting in chair, with Agnes hovering over him in concern. Uriah Heep stands to the side, looking very pleased with himself, offering Mr. Wickfield one glass of wine after another)
Uriah Heep: (Refilling Mr. Wickfield’s glass with wine) There you go, dear Mr. Wickfield. Just say the word! Anything I can do to help!
(Enter David, taking glass off Mr. Wickfield and glaring at Uriah Heep)
David: I’ll take that, thank you very much!
Uriah Heep: (Gasping) What do you think you are doing?
David: Saving Mr. Wickfield and his lovely daughter, that’s what (pauses) from you!
Uriah Heep: Whatever do you mean? How dare you just flounce back into our lives after waltzing off to Switzerland!
Agnes: (Gasping) Ooh, Mr. Heep! David was hardly ‘waltzing off to Switzerland’ out of choice! He’d just lost his beloved wife, Dora!
David: Indeed! And without your kind support, as always, Agnes, I would never have made it through that dark time!
Mr. Wickfield: Ah, you and Agnes were always so close! Like brother and sister!
David: But times have changed
(Agnes gasps in horror)
Agnes: Have I done something to upset you?
David: It’s not what you have done, beloved Agnes! (Turning to Uriah Heep) Just look at what this fiend has been trying to do to your father!
Uriah Heep: (Gasping) What do you mean?
David: You know perfectly well what I mean! Poisoning him with all this alcohol! Just so that you can help yourself to his daughter!
Uriah Heep: (Smugly) There are worse fates than being married to me, I can assure you!
David: You think so? Hmm. I think we’ll agree to disagree on that one!
These are also available in Readers Theater format.