Ring Round the Moon


Writers: Christopher Fry


Show Information

Based on the Play/Book/Film
Invitation to the Castle by Jean Anouilh
Number of Acts
First Produced
Unit/Single Set
Time & Place
Estate winter garden, springtime
Cast Size
Ideal for
College/University, Community Theatre, High School, Professional Theatre, Regional Theatre, Theatre
Casting Notes

Includes young adult, late teen, adult, mature adult, elderly characters


Adapted from Jean Anouilh’s play Invitation to the Castle (1947), Ring Round the Moon is a whimsical jaunt of love and matchmaking. Set in the winter garden of an estate during a ball, the poor but lovely dancer Isabelle has arrived at the invitation of Hugo, a charming scoundrel and twin brother to Frederic, a young man hopelessly in love. However, Hugo believes that Frederic loves the wrong woman--the manipulative millionairess Diana--and wants to use Isabelle to break up the engagement. At the same time, Isabelle must hide her identity (and melodramatic mother) to play the part of a wealthy socialite. Lady India, Hugo’s eccentric cousin, is the mistress of Diana’s father Messerschmann, but carrying on a secret romance with Messerschmann’s secretary, Patrice. And Madame Desmortes, the hostess of everyone, has just about had it with everyone’s secrets. A light confection of mistaken identities and heartbreak schemes, Ring Round the Moon is joyful and sublime in its portrayal of a Cinderella finding her true love at an unexpected ball.

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