scripts for community theatre

When you purchase the right to perform a play from the authorized distributor you receive, under the doctrine of “fair use”, the right to as many copies of the script as you need to perform the play.

The distributer will send you some copies of the script. Often those copies are fine for the actors, singers, dancers, and musicians. They make few marginal notes, and they will erase them before returning the documents to the distributer. However, the director, choreographer, lighting designer and sound designer need to make many notes and require large margins. The needs of these users are usually met by photocopying the script, but sometimes the scripts are difficult to photocopy because of the way they are bound. These files are a response to that problem. You can print a copy of these scripts for everyone who needs to make extensive notes.

The words and music of each of these plays is copyrighted. Eventually, the copyright will expire, and the plays will be in the public domain. When that happens there will be no restrictions on the use of these scripts. Until then, please respect the copyright by destroying any copies you print after your production is complete.

I have removed some scripts from this page as a result of receiving the following DMCA notice:

Pursuant to 17 USC 512(c)(3)(A), this communication serves as a statement that:

I am the duly authorized representative of the exclusive rights holder for the following titles:

THE 39 STEPS by Patrick Barlow
ANNE OF GREEN GABLES by Donald Harron and Norman Campbell
OKLAHOMA by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein

The copyrighted materials from these productions are currently available on your website,

I have a good faith belief that the use of this material in such a fashion is not authorized by the copyright holder, the copyright holder's agent, or the law. I hereby request that you immediately disable access to this infringing material as it appears on your service and remove it from the host servers linked below:

Under penalty of perjury in a United States court of law, I state that the information contained in this notification is accurate, and that I am authorized to act on the behalf of the exclusive rights holder for the material in question.

Please respond immediately to confirm your receipt of this notice. I can be reached at [personal information redacted by request] for any further questions on the matter.

I have removed personal information from the above notice at the request of the sender. The name and phone number of the company is Concord Theatricals, (212) 541-6600.