Papa Panov by Lynn Brittney

The approximate running time of this play is 20 minutes.

In this play, adapted from a story by Leo Tolstoy, the central character is Papa Panov, an old shoemaker. He is suddenly visited by an angel who tells him to expect Jesus on Christmas Day and he spends a lot of time and effort preparing his home and food but the visitation is not what he expected...

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19 speaking characters, non-speaking could be added.

The script requires that there is an opening and closing carol sung and some incidental music for the appearance of the angel and in between scenes. The choice of these is entirely at your discretion so we have not provided any sheet music or made any definite suggestions.

Papa Panov is a lonely but kindly old man who wants some company for Christmas, so he is overwhelmed and excited when he gets a visit from an angel to tell him that Jesus will visit him on Christmas Day. He sets about preparing food - but he keeps getting interrupted by various sad people who need shelter, warmth and a meal, which he, of course, provides. At the end of Christmas Day he falls asleep, feeling sad that Jesus didn't come, but the angel tells him in a dream that Jesus did come and that he was in all the people that Papa Panov helped throughout the day.

As with all our plays, there are full production notes that give advice on scenery, prop and costume-making.

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