License a Splendid Play

Now everyone can be a bit Splendid!

If you’re looking for fresh material to stage, why not consider licensing a Splendid script? We pride ourselves on interpreting classic material for contemporary young audiences, so our scripts are ideal for contemporary young – and not so young – performers.

You can license the scripts for Splendid’s past touring productions, or  a selection of our original scripts for larger casts. Each script is adaptable for variable cast sizes, and we have road-tested plays for groups as small as the classic Splendid multi-roling chorus of three, to scripts that work with a whole class, to full-scale community productions with live orchestra and choir!

Standard licenses are available from £25+VAT per performance (or £30+VAT per performance if you’d like to use our pre-recorded backing tracks for the songs), and licenses include digital script editions.

Please note: licence fees are dependent on the nature of your production, size of venue and length of run – use the license enquiry form to tell us more and we’ll get back to you with a quote.

See below for more information on the titles available to license, and you can get a taste of each one with a script sample and character list.

Splendid's production scripts

Create your own adaptation of a Splendid adaptation! The scripts of Splendid’s past touring productions are available to license.

Each play has a duration of around 60 minutes and can be performed by small casts playing multiple roles, or expanded for larger casts including non-speaking chorus roles.

Songs are an integral part of each Splendid production – we offer the option of downloadable backing tracks for our original songs, but you’re also welcome to compose your own!

Splendid scripts for larger casts

As writers and producers, we have had the opportunity to work on numerous projects creating work designed for larger groups, and for performers of all ages and experience.

Below is a selection of original scripts available to license – scroll down for more information about each show.

Jason & The Argonauts

Written by Splendid Productions’ Mal Smith and Kerry Frampton, Jason and the Argonauts was created as a new ensemble piece for students at Wellington College, which they took to the Edinburgh Festival in 2007.

We worked with a wonderfully talented team of thirteen 16–18 year old students to create a piece of Splendid storytelling. Jason is a no-scenery, no-prop, chorus-driven piece of singing and silliness that charts the rise and history of the most famous group of strapping young men who travelled the Aegean Sea, Jason and his Argonauts!

The play is our most popular script for license, and is a great option as a large-ensemble blast of theatrical joy.

Students from Wellington College in the first production of 'Jason', 2007

There's a Leak!

While out walking with her sarcastic cat, Igor, twelve-year old Elsa notices a tiny hole in the middle of the street that is sucking in air. Surely, she thinks, someone is going to fix the leak? But despite a cavalcade of interested passers-by including loved-up council employees, robotic politicians, bickering scientists and sensation-seeking journalists, the leak just gets worse and worse…

‘There’s a Leak’ is an original play by Splendid’s regular adaptor Ben Hales written for young performers.

It is a darkly absurd comedy for a cast of 7 (multi-roling) to 20 or more, designed to be performed with minimal set or lighting, with a small number of important sound cues. The play lasts approximately one hour.

The play was first performed by the Kidbrooke Theatre Company at Corelli College in March 2012.

‘There’s a Leak!’ is published by Oxford University Press, and performance licenses are available from Splendid Productions.

Poster for Kidbrooke Theatre Company's production of 'There's a Leak!', April 2012


There are towns in Britain that people come from, but never ever go to. Like the little finger nestled in the country’s deepest pocket, they’re the smallest and furthest away from the beating heart and bursting brain of the nation. Sleepy, poor places where everyone knows everyone, no one has anything, and nothing ever happens…

This is the story of a town like this. A gruesome story of poverty, opportunity and revenge. A rich, rich man returns to his long-abandoned hometown with promises of lasting change and opportunity for everyone. But his offer comes at a price: a moment of horror for a lifetime of wealth. How long before the temptation becomes too great…?

Poundtown is Ben Hales’s reimagining of ‘The Visit’ by Friedrich Dürrenmatt – a funny, finger-biting satire for young performers.

Poster for Kidbrooke Theatre Company's production of 'Poundtown', March 2013

Splendid Pantomime Scripts

In 2017, Splendid’s Kerry Frampton and Ben Hales were commissioned by Stantonbury Theatre in Milton Keynes to create a new pantomime that combined a small professional acting cast with a large ensemble of students from Stantonbury International School. The result was The Epic Adventures of Robin Hood, a rousing family-friendly adventure set in the fictional village of Stanton-on-the- Berry (a wonderful place to live), which brings the nefarious Sheriff of Nottingham into conflict with legendary outlaw Robin Hood.

The Christmas 2017 production was a huge success, and it was followed in 2018 with another original show, Red Riding Hood Versus the Wolf, in which the residents of Stanton-on-the-Briar must contend with a generational fear of Big Bad Wolves.

We are now making both scripts and music tracks available to license for amateur and professional performance. Packed with lovable dames, boo-able villains and unexpected endings, and designed to work with a large ensemble, Splendid’s pantos are the perfect choice for anyone looking for a fresh twist on a classic genre.

The Epic Adventures of Robin Hood

The wicked Sheriff of Nottingham has seized power all the way from Sherwood Forest to the tiny hamlet of Stanton-on-the Berry! He hates fun, he’s allergic to laughter, he’s going to roast the town’s prize pig… and he’s fallen in love with Maid Marian. In a desperate bid to save her village and avoid a marriage worse than death, Marian (and her faithful nurse) head into Sherwood Forest to seek the help of the mysterious Robin Hood and his merry band of outlaws. Their epic arrow-whanging adventures are legendary throughout the land – if anyone can defeat the evil Sheriff it’s him!

Singing, dancing, sword fights! A formidable heroine, a powerful hero and a swashbuckling quest for justice! What could possibly go wrong?

Red Riding Hood Versus the Wolf

It’s the annual Red Riding Hood parade in the leafy town of Stanton-on-the-Briar, and young Scarlett has the great honour of taking over from her mum as the brand new Red Riding Hood. However, as the townspeople begin the festivities, celebrating the day they drove the awful Grandma-guzzling wolves into the deep dark forest, a charming stranger arrives in town. Is Scarlett the only one who thinks there’s something not quite right about him? Haven’t the rest of the town noticed what big teeth he has?

Red Riding Hood Versus the Wolf a singing, dancing, gripping, ripping new pantomime adventure for all the family – even Grandma.


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Digital & Physical Production Resources

Streaming video rentals:
£7.50 for 30 days’ access
£35.00 for 1 year’s access (includes optional DVD, and multiple title offer applies)

Scripts (physical product): £15
Education Packs (digital & physical): £5 /£12

Special offer Production Streaming Super Packs (1-year stream, optional DVD, script & education pack by title): £55

Special offer Multiple title discounts: 2xtitles £60 / 3xtitles £85 / 4xtitles £110 / 5xtitles £140 / 6xtitles £160 / 7xtitles £180 / 8xtitles £195 / 9xtitles £210 / 10xtitles £230 / 11xtitles £245


Mind Maps

available in 3 sizes, laminated for extra protection

A4: £12  / A3: £20  / A2: £30

Performance Skills Top Tip Sheets

laminated, A4 size only

Special offer Mind Map 4-pack 

Any 4 x A4 Mind Maps and/or Tip Sheets: £40
Any 4 x A3 Mind Maps: £70

Splendid Streaming Training videos

Splendid Style: Being Splendid £35 for 1 year’s access

Online CPDs: £20 for 30 days’ access
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Practical Guide to Bertolt Brecht online CPD

Special offer rent any 2 training video titles, save £5 – rent any 3 titles save £10

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1 title: £35
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