Seven Wonders of the Ancient World Class Play
1. Great Pyramid of Giza
2. Mausoleum at Halicarnassus
3. Temple of Artemis
4. Statue of Zeus at Olympia
5. Colossus of Rhodes
6. Lighthouse of Alexandria
7. Hanging Gardens of Babylon
Cast of 30 - easily adaptable up or down
Duration - around 15 minutes reading time (not including music suggestions)
This class play or assembly for children aged 7 – 11 (UK Key Stage II) follows on from two other plays on the Wonders of the Natural World - under the title of Awe and Wonder and found on TpT website or in the PSHE section of author’s own website.
Writer Sue Russell decided to limit the Wonders of the 'Man-Made' World to the Seven Wonders of the Classical World as, basing a script on modern-day wonders was deemed an impossible task - the list would have been endless.
Narrator: (Cowering) Oh, Oh! Not another unhappy god! Helios, god of the sun, am I right?
Helios: Yes, and my statue was known as the Colossus of Rhodes, built 280B.C. in the city of Rhodes, on that same Greek island, by one Charles of Lindos; and destroyed 226 B.C.
Narrator: Ah but you were so impressive – all 108 feet of you! That’s about the same as the Statue of Liberty! Certainly the tallest statue of the ancient world!
Helios: And that’s meant to make me feel better?
Narrator: Well, there was nothing anyone could have done to save you. As I think I remember hearing before, that’s earthquakes for you!
But here, let us take a look at you, Helios, god of the sun, in your prime – or rather, that of your statue!
(Narrator holds up picture of Colossus of Rhodes)
Narrator: Behold the Colossus of Rhodes!
(Helios bows and exits)
Narrator: (Consulting notes) Five down, two to go!
Heckler: (Yawning) How many did you say?
Narrator: Don’t tell me you haven’t been counting? Or is anything over five a bit of a struggle for you?
Heckler: Ooh! That’s not nice! And just to show you I am actually interested in the past, I’ll give this next one my undivided attention!
(To audience) Let’s hope it’s a good one!
(Enter Pharaoh Ptolemy II)
Music 7 Carl Orff – O Fortuna – Carmina Burana
Ptolemy II: Ah so you are here to admire the Lighthouse of Alexandria! Behold!
(Ptolemy II holds up picture of Lighthouse)
Ptolemy II: Pretty impressive, huh?
Ptolemy II: Well, in 268 B.C. it was the tallest building in the world
Heckler: Apart from the Great Pyramid of Giza! So, not quite the tallest
Ptolemy II: Well, no
Heckler: And I’m guessing - another earthquake?
Ptolemy II: Well, yes but
Heckler: No buts. Wake me up again when there’s something truly stupendous!
Ptolemy II: (Indignantly) But I thought it was wondrous you were covering today?
(Exit Ptolemy II)
Narrator: (Sighing heavily and clutching head) Well, I guess that’s it. With just one more to go, let’s hope a miracle is about to happen!
Music 8 Rivers of Babylon – Boney M