The Horse and His Boy

Written by:

Anna Chatterton

Cast Size:
26

Roles For:

  • LGBTQ+: 2
  • Men: 12
  • Women: 14

Genre:

Adaptation
Fantasy
TYA

Themes:

Family
Growing Up

Length:

105 min.

Year Written:

2019

Synopsis:

Whisk off to Narnia in The Horse and His Boy, a mesmerizing story about four runaways — a boy, a girl and their horses — who find themselves called upon to rescue Narnia. With wild adventure and daring escapes, it’s quite unmissable for fans of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, and the perfect introduction for anyone new to the magical stories of C.S. Lewis.

Characters:

HERMIT (also plays ASLAN, FOX)
ARSHEESH: a fisherman (also plays TUMNUS, ADVISOR)
SHASTA: a boy
ANRADIN: a royal of Calormen (also plays Queen LUNE, OWL)
BREE: Anradin’s talking Horse (also plays TISROC, MR. BEAVER)
KIDRASH: Aravis’s father (also plays CORIN)
ARAVIS: a girl from Calormen (also plays SQUIRREL)
HWIN: Aravis’s talking Horse (also plays GOAT)
LASARALEEN: a royal of Calormen (also plays RABBIT)
TUMNUS: Half man half fawn
RABADASH: Prince of Calormen (also plays STAG)
CORIN: Prince of Archenland (twin to Shasta)
GRAND ADVISOR: to the royal TISROC
TISROC: Royal head of Calormen
QUEEN SUSAN: a queen of Narnia
KING EDMUND: a king of Narnia
QUEEN LUNE of Archenland, mother of Corin (and Shasta)
ASLAN: Lion of Narnia (also is the CAT)
MR. BEAVER of Narnia
MRS. BEAVER of Narnia
RABBIT in Narnia
GOAT in Narnia
OWL in Narnia
SQUIRREL in Narnia
FOX in Narnia

First Produced:

April 6th-July 21st, 2019, Festival Theatre at the Shaw Festival

Resources:

The Horse and His Boy is available through the CPO Website.

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Notes:

The audience I was part of during the play’s debut run was enthralled by its fantasy and spectacle. A strong choice for production by and/or for young performers. The connection to the Narnia franchise also helps make the play more accessible. –John