An annotated list of websites offering a wide variety of free online play scripts for drama and theatre teachers and their students.
Alex Broun‘s collection of original ten-minute and full-length play scripts used to be completely free. Nowadays, script downloads cost a small fee. However, if you are prepared to cough up the cash these scripts are great for the drama classroom, especially the ten-minute plays.
DramaTix is a very large collection of Christian drama scripts suitable for the drama classroom. Scripts are categorised by topic (Bible stories, Easter etc). All scripts are free to download and royalty-free to perform. Each script has a brief synopsis with performance length, cast numbers, reader ratings etc.
Drama Notebook has a directory of over 400 free scripts at other sites across the web for young children and teens. Play titles are categorised into Christmas, Halloween etc and all plays list the number of parts and expected performance time. This large collection is mostly shorter plays for younger performers.
Good School Plays A great collection of nearly forty large-cast plays suitable for young actors, written by high school drama teacher Richard Stuart Dixon. Website offers full play scripts, summaries, age suitability and casting information. Plays are free to produce. Prior permission from the playwright is all that is needed.
Kidsinco is a huge collection of short play scripts for younger children consisting of over 500 plays. Many play scripts are adapted stories or fables by unknown authors, while other plays are original works – all free to use in the drama classroom.
ProPlays houses a large number of professionally written full-length plays, suitable for students and adult performers. Most play scripts are available to view, print and download in full, making them useful for classroom drama. Performance rights must be obtained for productions of the scripts.
Readers Theater Editions has several dozen quality short Reader’s Theater play scripts, also useful for drama class. Each script is free to download, use in the classroom and perform. Play details such as age suitability, length, number of parts etc are also offered.
Simply Scripts is perfect for older students of drama and theatre, consisting of external links to both free contemporary play scripts and free historical plays out of US copyright. Most scripts in this selection are full-play length. Contemporary plays can be downloaded in doc or pdf. Historical plays are classics, many very well known and completely free to read, download, print, use in the classroom, perform etc.
The Generic Radio Workshop has scripts to nearly 200 vintage radio plays and sketches from the 1930s, 40s and 50s. If you want to do a topic on radio plays in your drama classroom, this is the website for you.