The Magistrate


Writers: Arthur Wing Pinero


Show Information

Number of Acts
First Produced
Comedy, Farce, Satire
Period, Multiple Settings
Time & Place
London, England, 1880s
Cast Size
Ideal for
College/University, Community Theatre, Ensemble Cast, High School, Professional Theatre, Regional Theatre, Theatre
Casting Notes
Mostly male cast
Includes mature adult, adult, late teen, young adult characters


London magistrate Aeneas Posket is as predictable and dependable as they come. He is good-natured, and something of a pushover--evidenced by his servants hired from the Mulberry Street Police Court. He is also recently married to Agatha, a widow with a teenage son. However, Agatha has been hiding her real age from her husband, and convincing everyone that her boy Cis is only 14, when he is really 19 years old--and (unbeknownst to her) drinking, smoking, gambling, and chasing girls! Unexpectedly, a blast from the past returns to London--a friend who could reveal Agatha’s real age, prompting her to take action in order to keep her secret. At the same time, precocious Cis convinces his stepfather to have a night on the town--an experience the dull Mr. Posket has never had. But a police raid changes their fortunes, and Mr. Posket finds himself scrambling to hide his late night adventures so that he can preserve the integrity of his career. The Magistrate: A Farce in Three Acts was Arthur Wing Pinero’s first success, and often revived to resounding slapstick success.

Lead Characters

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