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Lists of free-to-use scripts

Below are some links to libraries and catalogues where public domain scripts can be found.  If you know of more, let us know


The person new to theatre should be aware that using other people's scripts without the owner's permission is a big no-no with possible legal and financial consequences.  However,  you can research and find Public Domain plays of all descriptions, and catalogues of free, "Public Domain" plays are out there in Google land, and many downloadable plays can be found.  

Some are in the public domain because the playwright is long-dead.  Others are public domain because the playwright has made them available on a free basis, or wrote them for sharing.   

Ohio Wesleyan University’

Plays In The Public Domain. This is a subset of selected plays from Project Gutenberg

University of Montana

Aggregates a list of links to sites where Public Domain works can be found.

Play At Home

A fun sampling of free and accessible scripts created since COVID-19 at: Created by Baltimore Center Stage, Long Wharf Theatre, The Public Theater, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, and Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Play At Home supports artists, connects people to and through theatre; and ignites imagination and joy in these uncertain times.

Free Shakespeare Plays

Free Shakespeare Plays


A site at Theatrelinks has 46 Greek classics you can perform.

Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg is a library of over 70,000 free eBooks. There are many Public Domain plays among them. The link here returns the search results for the term “Plays”

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