I was so impressed with Chimes at Midnight, that I wanted to put it on stage at the Edinburgh Festival. I bought the script of the film (Chimes at Midnight – History and Script from Amazon).
When it arrived it soon became clear that Welles had created a film script from the Shakespeare plays, taking text from all the plays for each scene, with cuts which were impossible to implement on stage. So I changed tack, and my partner and I decided to make a stage version of the film, which we called Gentlemen of the Shade.
We put it on at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2004. It was well received. It uses a cast of 7, and consists of edited scenes from the plays, linked together with narration by a number of narrators. These bridging passages were written by my partner. We publish it here for your interest, and also in the hopes that some groups may put on the play. In our view it would work better as a stage production than a play-reading. (There’s too many characters for it work well in a play-reading).
Here it is. You can scroll through the play, and if you’re interested, you can download a copy as a pdf by clicking on the down-arrow on the toolbar (this has been tested on both Windows 10 and Apple iPad / iPhone):
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