Everyone knows this ancient tale of a runaway slave who stops to aid an injured lion, is recaptured, sent to the arena to be killed by the beasts, and is saved because of his random act of kindness. What you may not know, however, is that the tale is true! In the course of his research, author James Engelhardt found a translation of the ancient Roman tale that inspired both Aesop and George Bernard Shaw. It relates the eyewitness account of a man named Apion who actually saw the encounter between the slave, Androcles, and the grateful lion. "While the play scored high on the giggle meter, it also scores a high I.Q. because Engelhardt takes the high road to Rome, employing sophisticated language, complex characters (including three strong female roles), an endearing lion who doesn't need to speak, intriguing conflicts and a bag full of surprises that end the play with an emotional domino effect." (Chicago Tribune)
- Type of Show Full-length Play
- Product Code A71000
- Cast Size 7
- Min. Royalty Rate $80/perf
- Cost $9.95
- Approx. Run Time 65 min
- Target Audience Young Audiences | Middle School | Family (all ages)
- Performing Group High School | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Professional Theatre | TYA
- Genre Comedy | Drama
- ISBN(13) 9780871299147
- "My students love "Androcles and the Lion." It encompasses so many emotions and genres, it is always fun. The staging is flexible and the "play within a play" is a great and different concept."
- Review by Jennifer Head, Gray Road Christian School, Indianapolis, IN
- "Androcles .... is a charming story of a man who befriends a lion, who later spares his life in a Roman arena. It is a wonderful middle school aged play that appeals to all ages with its humor and its message of friendship and compassion."
- Review by Julie McDaid, Britton Middle School, Morgan Hill, CA