Hard Times adapted to Readers Theatre from the original Charles Dickens Novel


Hard Times adapted to Readers Theatre from the original Charles Dickens Novel


Hard Times adapted to Readers Theatre from the original Charles Dickens Novel.  Cast of 12, duration around 15 minutes.

Sample Text:

Narrator:         And so, we come to Dickens’ shortest novel!

Cast:                (Cumulative sigh of relief)

Narrator:         But you needn’t think I’m going to let you off that lightly!

Cast:                (Grunts, mutterings)

Narrator:         No. We still have a story to tell.

Mr. Gradgrind:           And characters to portray. As they were, of course. Nothing fanciful

Louisa:            (Groaning) Or even, dare I say it, imaginative. Perish the thought!

(Sighing) Father, I thought we had dealt with this!

Sissy:               We have! All of us! But old habits die hard, am I right, Mr Gradgrind?

Tom:                (Excitedly) Die Hard, did I hear you say? Oh, I’m definitely up for that!

Blackpool:       Hey! Calm down, fella! I don’t think Sissy meant that amount of action!

Mr. Sleary:      What a shame! I’ve always said a lot needs shaking up around here!

Bounderby:     And some of us don’t wish this to turn into a total circus!

Harthouse:     (Sarcastically) Oh very droll! Though coming from you, it was bound-to-be!

Bounderby:     Touche, Mr. Harthouse! Always trying to out-do me! You’re right, Miss Sissy – some habits do die hard, very hard.

Mrs. Peglar:    Well, we are going to try to put things to right, today, are we not?

Rachel:            Yes, I thought that was the whole point of this tale.

Mrs. Sparsit:   What, changing the way people behave?

Narrator:         Indeed, Mrs. Sparsit.

Mrs. Sparsit:   You mean, setting our houses in order? Oh, I’m first-class at that!

Narrator:         (Sighing) You may be a first-rate housekeeper, Mrs. Sparsit. But I do believe there are certain ways of yours that we could happily do without?

Bounderby:     Like learning to mind your own business! We could start with that one.

Mrs. Sparsit:   (Exclaiming) So that the likes of you could get away with

Bounderby:     (Interrupting) Being a little economic with the truth? Well, yes, I suppose

Mrs. Peglar:    I’ll second that! Fancy denying your own mother?

Tom:                And making up all those lies about your childhood?

Rachel:            Well, that’s rich, coming from you who didn’t think twice about framing my friend, Stephen Blackpool, for something he never did!

Tom:                Someone had to take the blame and, well, he was just a Hand!

Narrator:         A Hand, you say? Meaning?

Mr. Gradgrind:           Ooh allow me. I just love definitions!

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