Nicholas Nickleby Readers Theater Adaption of Charles Dickens’ Novel

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Nicholas Nickleby Readers Theater Adaption of Charles Dickens’ Novel. This script has been adapted from the original Nicholas Nickleby playscript available separately off www.plays-r-ussell.com in the Literature section of KS III and IV.

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Nicholas Nickleby Readers Theater Adaption of Charles Dickens’ Novel. This script has been adapted from the original Nicholas Nickleby playscript available separately off www.plays-r-ussell.com in the Literature section of KS III and IV.

Cast of 6 (up to 28). There are a maximum of 6 readers to each scene (bar three scenes where doubling is included).

Duration: Around 1 hour, If divided into two halves, each half could be around 30 minutes

The original script has been adapted to Readers Theater in the following ways:

    1. Music suggestions and stage directions have been removed BUT ‘scene titles’ have been kept in or added, with an inclusion of the identification of readers for that scene.
    2. There are no more than 6 speakers per scene (in the case of any exceptions instructions are given for doubling up)
    3. All characters in the script are identified in a list in the production notes – these are In addition to the principal characters. Thus additional readers could take on these ‘extra’ parts.
    4. ‘6’ has been chosen as an arbitrary number – thus the script offers opportunities for adapting this number to suit the number of readers available.

Sample Text

Narrator:             Welcome to the world of the Nicklebys! We join them on a less than happy occasion.  A family reunion! (Pauses) Now that might sound like a contradiction – but it does rather depend on your family, right? We all know some families get on like a house on fire while others … well, let’s just say, what might once have been a roaring fire has long since burnt out, leaving nothing but cold charred remains. But enough of this. Let’s meet the family in question and then you’ll see what I mean – ooh I can feel a distinct drop in temperature even as they approach!

Aha! So, there you all are!

So sorry to hear about the loss of your husband, Mrs Nickleby. I never met him

Ralph:                   (Interrupting) Narrowly missing a trip to the debtors’ prison!

Nicholas:             (Shocked) Sir! I think that is hardly a comment worthy of this occasion.

Kate:                     We are all in the deepest mourning, sir!

Narrator:             Yes, I think we could show a tiny bit more sensitivity to the widow. I hardly think now is a time to be talking about

Ralph:                   (Interrupting) His debts! Really? You think not? And why else do you think I have the pleasure of meeting up with this family?

Narrator:             (Exclaiming) Sir! You cannot be suggesting

Ralph:                   (Interrupting) Not suggesting! Telling! Telling it as it is, am I not right, ma’am?

Mrs. Nickleby:    (Spluttering) Oh dear, oh dear! This really does put me in a most awkward position!

Kate:                     Oh mother, dear! Don’t go distressing yourself further, at this time!

Nicholas:             No. Calm yourself, mother. This can wait!

Ralph:                   Oh, it can, can it? And when, pray, would you like us to meet up again, for our next happy family reunion?

This is one of a collection, taken from the original scripts:

 

And adapted to Readers Theater.

Available from www.plays-r-ussell.com in original play format AND as Reader’s Theater.

 

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