The {{Narrator}} is a common character type in stage shows. And frequently, the narrator's gender will be unspecified and irrelevant to the story. This trope is for those characters.


* The Leading Player from ''Theatre/{{Pippin}}'' is perhaps the most well-known version.
* The Stage Manager from ''Theatre/OurTown''.
* Despite only being in the first and last scenes, the actor in A.R. Gurney ''Richard Cory'' serves a narrator-like purpose and is not of a specified gender.
* The Chorus from ''Theatre/HenryV''.
* ''Theatre/{{Assassins}}'':
** The Balladeer, apart from being referenced as "boy" once by Booth, could be played as female. Only in the original staging, though: the revival, and most touring companies thereafter, require the Balladeer to be male [[spoiler:because he's actually Lee Harvey Oswald.]]
** The Proprietor is occasionally played by a woman, in which case she [[ActingForTwo doubles as Emma Goldman]]. He's a BadassBaritone, but otherwise his gender is more or less irrelevant.
* Same goes for The Narrator in ''Theatre/BloodBrothers''.
* The Cat in the Hat in ''Theatre/{{Seussical}}''. While generally depicted as male, at least two women (Rosie O'Donnell and Cathy Rigby) have played the character.
* The Narrator in ''Theatre/JosephAndTheAmazingTechnicolorDreamcoat'' is an interesting example: as written, the character has no specific gender, but is now always played by a woman to amend for the complete lack of female characters (other than Potiphar's Wife).
* Not necessarily the narrator of the story, but the Book Voice of J. Pierrepont Finch's book ''Theatre/HowToSucceedInBusinessWithoutReallyTrying'' in the musical of the same name could arguably fit this trope; in most of the productions it's usually a male.
* The Narrator in ''Theatre/IntoTheWoods'' is not gender-specified until [[spoiler:he is pulled into the story by the characters]], but it would be easy enough to change a few pronouns. However, following OriginalCastPrecedent, the Narrator [[ActingForTwo doubles as The Mysterious Man]] and has been played by a male.
* Pseudolus, in Sondheim's ''Theatre/AFunnyThingHappenedOnTheWayToTheForum'', is usually played by a male actor, but Creator/WhoopiGoldberg replaced Creator/NathanLane in a Broadway revival.
* In ''Theatre/{{Finale}}'', the Narrator is played by a woman in the original cast, but is not referred to as such anywhere explicitly in the script.