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Reader’s Theatre

The Princess and the Pea

Characters:
Prince
Princess
Queen
King
The Smallest Page
Narrator 1
Narrator 2

Narrator 1:
The Prince was very fed up.

Prince:
I am fed up!

Narrator 2:
Everyone thought he should get married!

King:
I am the King and I think you should get married!

Queen:
I am the Queen and I think you should get married!

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The Smallest Page:
I am the smallest page and even I think you should
get married!

Narrator 1:
The Prince would have been happy to get married,
but he insisted that his bride be a princess, a true and
proper princess.

Prince:
I would like to get married, but I insist that my bride
be a princess, a real true and proper princess.

Narrator 2:
The Prince had an idea.

Prince:
I have an idea! I will travel the land and meet lots of
princesses.

Narrator 1:
And so the Prince travelled the land. He met lots of
very nice girls who said they were princesses, but none
were true and proper princesses.

Prince:
Her manners are not good enough. And that one’s
feet are too big! I give up! From now on, I am going to sit
in the palace and read dusty old history books.

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Narrator 2:
One night, there was a terrible storm.

King:
Look at that rain lashing down!

Queen:
Look at that lightning flash! Hear that thunder roll!

The Smallest Page:


The wind keeps blowing out the candles!

Narrator 1:
Suddenly, there was great peal from the huge front
door bell. The smallest page opened the door.

Narrator 2:
It was a princess! At least she said she was a
princess......but she did not look like a princess!

King:
Her hair is plastered to her head!

Queen:
Her dress is wringing wet and her silk shoes are
covered with mud!

The Smallest Page:


And she doesn’t even have a maid with her! She is
all alone.

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King, Queen, The Smallest Page:
Where did she come from?

Narrator 1:
But she kept insisting she was princess.

Narrator 2:
The Queen came up with a plan.

Queen:
I have a plan! I will take the mattress and all the
blankets off the bed. I will put one single pea right in the
middle of the bedstead. Then I will pile twenty mattresses
and twenty feather quilts on top of the mattresses!

Narrator 1:
And that is exactly what she did.

Narrator 2:
The princess went to bed and the palace was quiet.

Narrator 1:
The next morning, the queen swept into the bedroom
and asked the girl how she had slept.

Queen:
How did you sleep?

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Princess:
I didn’t sleep a wink at all. There was a great, hard
lump in the middle of the bed. It was quite dreadful! I
am sure I am black and blue all over.

Narrator 2:
Now everyone knew the girl was a princess, a real
and true princess, for only a real princess could be as soft-
skinned as that.

King:
She is a princess, a real and true princess!

Queen:
She is a princess, a real and true princess!

The Prince:
She is a princess, a real and true princess!

The Smallest Page:


She is a princess, a real and true princess!

Narrator 1:
The prince was delighted!

Prince:
I am delighted.

Narrator 2:
He insisted they get married at once!

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Prince:
I insist we get married at once!

Narrator 1:
And so they did. They lived happily ever after and
they always slept in very soft beds.

Narrator 2:
The pea was placed in the museum, where it
probably still is today.

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