Lion in the Streets

Written by:

Judith Thompson

Cast Size:

Roles For:

  • Men: 2
  • Women: 4






90 min.

Year Written:



“Seventeen years ago, Isobel was murdered at the tender age of nine. Now she finds herself back in her previous life as a ghost, searching for the person responsible for her untimely death. But this time she’s powerful, having the ability to watch over the living, observe them, and sometimes interact with them. Of special interest are Isobel’s former neighbours, whom she begins to suffer along with during their dark private experiences. Will she finally get the peace she’s been yearning for? One of Judith Thompson’s most enduring plays, Lion in the Streets looks at the inner turmoil of ordinary people and the ways in which they cope.” (From the CPO Website)


Women: Isobel, Nellie, Laura, Elaine, Christine, Sherry, Rachel (who is also Rose for two pages), Lily, Rhonda, Ellen, Scarlett, Sue, Jill, Joanne, Joan (an optional character)
Men: Scalato, Timmy, George, Maria, David, Rodney, (Edward?), Ben, Martin, Bill, Isobel’s Father, Ron, Father Hayes, Michael

First Produced:

1990, du Maurier World Stage Festival


Lion in the Streets is available through the CPO Website.

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Adaptations: Dying Like Ophelia (2002). From Wikipedia: “There are twenty-eight or twenty-nine characters with speaking parts of varying lengths. The original ensemble was composed of four women and two men who roughly split the roles up as follows (there is some confusion in the Playwrights Canada Press printing, as some character names in the initial list do not actually exist in the play, and some characters who do speak are omitted entirely)”

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