The Princess and the Pea
Written by Barbara Field
Based on the story by Hans Christian Andersen
In The Princess and the Pea, the prince journeyed around the world searching for a princess to marry, but with every encounter something seemed to be wrong. So he returned to his castle at last, footsore and heartsick. Until one night during a storm, a beautiful girl came knocking, claiming she was a princess. The queen was doubtful, so she placed a tiny pea underneath twenty mattresses, knowing that only a true princess would be able to feel it. The next morning when the girl exclaimed that she had slept terribly – that it felt like she had a rock in her bed – the kingdom knew that she was indeed a real princess, and she and the prince lived happily ever after.
Hans Christian Andersen, author
Barbara Field, playwright
32 pgs. 9 male, 10 female + ensemble
Originally produced by CTC in 1984-85
Run Time: 60 minutes
Audience Recommendation: All Ages
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