Bedtime Story

Walter Ellis

Full Length Play, Drama  /  5f, 6m

The young and pretty Judy is the Cinderella in the household of her bullying aunt Lady Blundell and her ill-tempered cousin Isabel. Sir John Shale, who is engaged to Isabel, meets Judy when she is asked to translate for him a business letter in French from Myra Hoffman, an oil millionairess.  Judy learns from the letter that Myras will be calling at Sir John's flar that evening to collect tickets for a passage to New York...

Bedtime Story

by  Walter Ellis

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  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    5f, 6m
  • SubGenre
    Theatre for Young Audiences, Fables/Folktales, Period
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Children (Age 6 - 10)
    • Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13)
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)
Judy is roused to rebellion when her aunt and Isabel refuse to allow her to go to a dance, to which they have all been invited, on the grounds that she has no suitable clothes, and plans to run away - possibly to Hollywood. Uncle Toby, sympathetic and mellowed by cocktaisl obtains clothes for Judy to go to the dance, but Judy learning that Myra has been delayed goes instead to Sir John's flat, impersonating the millionairess, with the object of gaining possession of the steamer tickets and using them herself. Sir John is not entirely taken in by her disguise and finds her a very much more congenial companion than his fiancee. Next morning Isabel demands an explaination of Sir John's unconventional behaviour the previous evening. Acting hard she offers him back her engagement ring and is very surprised when he accepts it. Uncle Toby plans to take Judy away to his farm, but it is obvious she will not be left there for long; already Sir John is telephoning her and there is no doubt whose hand will now wear the engagement ring. 
Produced 1937


Performing Groups
  • Jr High/Primary
  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • No Special Cautions

Licence details

  • Minimum Fee: £55 per performance plus VAT when applicable.



  • Setting: A sitting room, a lounge
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes


5f, 6m
Cast Attributes
  • Roles for Teens
M: 3 young, 2 middle-aged, 1 manservant
F: 1 juvenille 2 young 1 middle-aged 1 maidservant




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