Androcles and the Lion


Writers: George Bernard Shaw


Show Information

Number of Acts
First Produced
Period, Multiple Settings
Time & Place
ancient rome
Cast Size
Ideal for
College/University, Community Theatre, Ensemble Cast, High School, Large Cast, Middle School, Professional Theatre, Regional Theatre, Religious Groups, Star Vehicle Male
Casting Notes
Mostly male cast
Includes adult, mature adult, young adult, early teen, late teen, elderly characters


George Bernard Shaw’s retelling of a popular religious folktale, Androcles and the Lion presents the story of a meek tailor with the gift of talking to animals. Androcles is a Christian, steadfast in his faith despite persecution, slavery, and his scolding wife. While on the run from Roman soldiers, Androcles stumbles across a wounded lion. Rather than run, he removes a thorn from its paw. Unfortunately, he is captured by the Romans. With the other Christians at the Colosseum, Androcles exemplifies Christian charity and piety. He is patient with the guards, protective of his friends, and ready to sacrifice himself for his beliefs. When Androcles is sent into the arena to be eaten by a lion, he is greeted by an old friend. A centuries-old tale recounted as an example of mercy--on behalf of man and lion--Androcles and the Lion is a play for audiences young and old.

Lead Characters

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