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The Cricket on the Hearth

A Drama
by Ron Nicol published April 2014


Suitable for All Groups

Price: 4.00

The Cricket on the Hearth is the third in the series of Christmas Books written by Charles Dickens between 1945 and 1848.


When a mysterious stranger arrives, John Peerybingle suspects that his much younger wife Dot and the newcomer are secret lovers. Then Caleb Plummer's blind daughter Bertha, in love with Caleb's employer Tackleton, learns that Tackleton is about to marry her friend May Fielding. John makes a discovery that seems to confirm his suspicions, but that night the Cricket on the Hearth attempts to dismiss John's doubts with a series of visions. The mysterious stranger is Caleb's missing son Edward, who has returned to claim his childhood sweetheart May. Thanks to Dot's intervention, Edward marries May, Tackleton gives his blessing to the marriage, and John and Dot are finally reconciled.


Players: 4 male 4 female 1 male or femal


Cast: John Peerybingle, Dot Peerybingle, The Stranger, Caleb Plummer, Tackleton, Bertha, May Fielding, Mrs. Fielding, The Spirit


Sets: Various simple sets


Period: Rural Egland in the 1840s


Running Time: 50 minutes


Notes: Production notes supplied


Download Sample Script: The Cricket on the Hearth


ISBN: 978-1-907307-64-5


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