by Peter Griffith


The story of Dick Whittington is one of England's best-loved folk-tales. The young Dick arrives in London, with nothing to eat and no money. His only friend is his cat... but the cat helps Dick to become the richest man in London.


Dick Whittington is a lively and exciting play with a wealth of comic characters – a positive experience for primary-school pupils who are beginning to learn English. The play makes use of vocabulary that will be familiar to pupils in the 3rd and 4th school-years colours, food, animals, household items, etc.


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Extract from the script 'Dick Whittington'

Mrs R: So, you are the new kitchen-boy, are you? What is your name?
Dick: My name is Dick.
Mrs R: Well, I am Mrs Rednoze. I am the cook, and you must do what I say. What must you do?
Dick: I must do what you say, Mrs Rednoze.
Mrs R: That’s right. I don’t like lazy boys. Are you lazy?
Dick: No Mrs Rednoze.
Mrs R: Yes you are. You are a lazy little beggar-boy. What are you?
Dick: I am Dick.
Mrs R: No, you are a lazy little beggar-boy. Say it. What are you?
Dick: I am a...
Mrs R: Go on.
Dick: Lazy...
Mrs R: Yes?
Dick: Little...
Mrs R: Go on.
Dick: Beggar-boy.
Mrs R: That’s right. That’s what you are. A lazy little beggar-boy. And what do I do with lazy little beggar-boys?
Dick: I don’t know, Mrs Rednoze.
Mrs R: Mrs R: I beat them. Like this. (Mrs Rednoze hits Dick with the rolling-pin)
Dick: Ow!!!