Ross Carter


Robert Louis Stevenson's The Black Arrow

England. The Wars of the Roses. A wicked villain. A damsel in distress. A young hero. A fearsome gang that leaves its calling card—a black arrow—in the hearts of its victims.

In this musical adaptation of the Robert Louis Stevenson novel, female characters take on a stronger role, and everyone simply cannot help being funny from time to time.

The Black Arrow has roles for 9 men and 4 women (it is a Robert Louis Stevenson story, after all) plus an ensemble as big as you care to make it. Scenes are exterior and interior. Costumes are appropriate for the historical era. The script is 103 pages. The musical score comprises 16 songs.

Wouldn’t you like to take a moment now and read the first 15 pages? And why not listen to some song excerpts?

If you would like a full script for perusal, or you wish to inquire about performance rights and royalties, email playwright at

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