Terms & Conditions
You should understand that by ordering any of our products, you agree to be bound by these terms and conditions. By placing an order through our website, you warrant that:
- You are legally capable of entering a binding contract.
- That you are at least 18 years old.
After placing an order, you will receive an email from us to acknowledge that we have received your order.
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Free samples of all our scripts can be freely read online on our website. You can purchase both perusal and performance scripts, in either hard copy or as a downloadable electronic file. If you are ordering from outside the UK, then you can only purchase scripts as electronic downloads. Our pantomime scripts are provided on the assumption that they may go on to be performed in a pantomime show, and must not be used for any other purpose whatsoever.
If you purchase a perusal script, you may not:
Represent the work contained in the scripts as your own. All the work is copyrighted by Limelight Scripts, and breach of copyright is actionable in a court of law. Perusal copies can be purchased either as an electronic download, or in hard copy. They are provided solely for the purposes of review only. If you purchase perusal scripts in hard copy, you cannot make additional copies of them without permission from Limelight Scripts.
Possession of a perusal script does not convey any rights to the public performance of the script, in whole or in part. Copying and distribution of the script, in whole or in part, by any means whatsoever constitutes a breach of copyright. If you purchase a perusal script from us and do not go on to purchase a performing licence. But then go on to perform a panto of the same title written by a member of your own group, or by an unknown author.
By agreeing to our terms and conditions when ordering perusal scripts, you agree to send us a copy of said script if requested. This is so that we can check that no part of our script has been used. All scripts provided by Limelight Scripts are protected by international copyright. Limelight Scripts retains the right to remove permission to use any of their scripts if they judge that these terms and conditions have been abused.
If you purchase a complete set of scripts for performance, you may not:
Represent the work contained in the scripts as your own. All the work is copyrighted by Limelight Scripts, and breach of copyright is actionable in a court of law. If you purchase performance scripts in hard copy, you may not make additional copies of the script without our permission. If you require additional hard copies of a script, these can be requested and purchased from us for a modest fee. All scripts provided by Limelight Scripts are protected by international copyright.
Supply Of Hard Copy Scripts For Performance
When you purchase a full set of performance scripts in hard copy, we will provide you with one script for each listed main character. Plus, four additional cast copies for producer, director, choreographer, and prompt. The scripts are sent to you using Parcel Force 48 (UK only).
Use of performance scripts
Complete sets of scripts for performance are provided for the sole purpose of preparing for a production. Possession of a complete set of scripts does not convey any rights to the public performance of the script, in whole or in part. Performance licences must first be obtained from Limelight Scripts, according to the scale of fees set out on our Fees page.
Our performance licences are only issued to customers who have purchased a full set of performance scripts in hard copy. Or have purchased and downloaded a master copy from Limelight Scripts. The licence entitles the holder to perform a script, in whole or in part. You are not allowed to transfer the licence to a third party. You cannot alter, modify, publish, distribute, sell, broadcast, transmit, create derivative works from, or edit any content of the work covered by this licence without the express permission of Limelight Scripts. Any such activity not sanctioned by us, constitutes copyright infringement, and may result in termination of service and possible legal action.
Can I transfer a performing licence?
You are not allowed to transfer the licence to a third party under any circumstance. This would constitute copyright infringement and may result in legal action.
What constitutes a performance?
Any performance in front of an audience incurs performance royalties. Rehearsals do not count as performances. However, if you allow an audience to see your dress rehearsal, it counts as a performance. This means that it is liable for performance royalties.
Can I modify the scripts?
Inserting topical jokes and local names is perfectly acceptable and doesn’t need our permission. But we realise that a one-size-fits-all isn’t practical for most groups. Therefore, we do allow customers to make alterations that are necessary to suit their group’s particular needs. However, if you plan to make bigger alterations to our scripts, you must first contact Limelight Scripts and seek permission. Just tell us what you are considering doing and send us a list of the planned alterations. Please be aware that any alterations must not contain explicit material unsuitable for a family audience. If we agree, we will confirm it in writing, so you can rest assured that you are legally covered. We may also ask you to add ‘Adapted by’ (your group name) underneath the title and source of the script. This will apply to all programmes, posters, and any other promotional material.
Using material from other authors
Inserting any copyrighted material gathered from other sources into any of our scripts is forbidden. If you do so, then you will be entirely liable for any cases of copyright infringement that may be brought by the original author.
Can we video our shows?
Yes, providing you have first purchased a videotaping licence from Limelight Scripts. You are then allowed to make as many copies as you wish. You can sell videos of the shows to members of your own group. However, you are forbidden to offer them for sale to the general public.
Royalties for amateur performances are charged according to the maximum seating capacity of the venue, and not the number of tickets you might sell. If you do a tour with multiple venues of different sizes, then the royalties will reflect the capacity of each venue.
Change of performance requirements
Should you decide to put on additional performances beyond what your licence allows. You must contact us beforehand and obtain an amended performance licence to cover the extra shows. This also applies should you wish to change the dates of your shows, or the venue.
When a change of venue changes the seating capacity, then the performance royalties will also change. If that capacity is higher, then you will be liable for additional charges. If that capacity is lower, then you may be eligible for a refund. In all cases, you must contact Limelight Scripts as soon as such any change is confirmed. Any amended performance licence will then supersede the original one.
Supply Of Audio Sound Effects
Any audio sound effects, or incidental music supplied by us will be as a downloadable MP3. To be able to use copyrighted music in your show, you must first ensure that your venue is covered by a PRS and/or a PPL licence (please see our using music in pantomimes page). The use of sound effects or incidental music specifically composed and recorded by Limelight Scripts, in a show already licensed by Limelight Scripts, is covered by our performance licence. However, they may not be used in a show not covered by a Limelight Scripts licence.
The licensee shall not:
Transfer any licence from Limelight Scripts to a third party. Alter, modify, publish, distribute, sell, broadcast, transmit, create derivative works covered by this licence. Any such activity constitutes copyright infringement, which may result in termination of service and possible legal action. In the event of any changes required to the issued licence, the licensee must advise Limelight Scripts and request an amended licence.
Changes to a purchased licence
In the event of any changes required to the issued licence, the licensee must advise Limelight Scripts and request an amended licence.
Methods of payment
Limelight Scripts accepts three methods of payment, which you get to choose at the end of the checkout process: BACS (bank transfer), PayPal and Cheque.
You don’t need to have a PayPal account in order to use PayPal. You can use a credit or debit card via a secure PayPal site.
If paying by Cheque or BACS, your script will be released/dispatched immediately your funds have been cleared.
Once you have made a payment by BACS, please notify us by email as soon as you have made a payment into our account.
Any performances cancelled may qualify for a refund of the performance licence fee. In order to do so, you must notify Limelight Scripts at least seven days before the planned first show. Purchased scripts in either hard copy or electronic downloads, are not eligible for refunds. If you wish to request a refund, please contact us before taking any other action.
Performances cancelled less than seven days before the first performance are not eligible for refunds. Shows that fail to attract their expected audience are also not eligible for refunds.
Most organisations (not including professional one) are charged at the same rate as amateur theatre companies. If your company falls into a different category and you believe that you should be treated differently, then please send a query e-mail to Limelight Scripts giving us a brief explanation of your reason for special treatment, and we will consider your request.
Purchasing for an organisation
If you are buying a script on behalf of an organisation, please use the organisation’s full name. We will use the organisation’s name when we issue performance licences. Organisations which have formal purchasing systems may require their own order reference to be used for a purchase. If you belong to such an organisation, please supply your order reference number. We will use this on any documents we send to you.
Rights of the supplier
The supplier (Limelight Scripts) retains the right to remove permission to use any of our scripts if they judge that these terms and conditions have been abused.