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Chimes at Midnight – a radio play

We were very pleased to discover that someone else has been interested enough in  Orson Welles’ Chimes at Midnight, that they’ve made an adaptation of the play – this time for Radio. I read the script, and found it very interesting how they had faced the same problems as I had when adapting it for Gentlemen of the Shade , and come up with similar, but different solutions. . The author has agreed that …Read More

Heroes and Politicians in Henry IV Part 1

There was a significant cultural shift in England from the fifteenth to the seventeenth century as the culture moved from a medieval to a ‘modern’ (or early modern) world view: The medieval world was essentially Christian; the early modern was moving towards a more science-based world view. Medieval  kingship depended on The Divine Right of Kings; early modern kings used  the principles of Machiavelli. Medieval economy was based on the …Read More

Henry IV Part 1 – Cast list for 5

The table below provides the cast list for Henry IV Part 1 for 5 players. Click on the Characters of the Player No. that you have been given, and you will be taken to a script in Highlight text for your characters, and starting at Act One Scene One: . Player Part 1 Hotspur, Westmorland, Bardoll, Chamberlain, Peto Note: Player 1 talks to themselves once in A2S4 2 Falstaff, Mortimer, Northumberland, Sir Michael, Messenger, Vintner, Servant 3 Prince Hal, Vernon, 1 Carrier, …Read More

Henry IV Part 1: New version for play-reading and performance

In December 2017, we published our MFFEV5 edition of Henry IV Part 1. It is our ‘Play of the Month’ for December. With Falstaff as one of the key characters, it is one of the more interesting of Shakespeare’s plays, so we’ve written much more about the play than usual, and as part of an upgraded ‘Play of the Month’ feature, we’ll publish links to those articles on our Facebook page …Read More

Gentlemen of the Shade: C21E Version 1.01

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 …Read More

Playreading Report: Henry IVth Part 1, Edinburgh, 10th December, 2017

We ran a playreading of Henry IV Part 1 on Sunday, 10th December ’17, here in Edinburgh. Seven of us gathered to read the play. Two players had cancelled in the week prior to the reading. Luckily, we have castings from 5 to 12 players so the cancellations didn’t cause any difficulties – it just meant we each had more lines to read, and more characters to play.. . We drew lots …Read More

Review (****): Chimes at Midnight, (Henry IV Part 1 and 2, etc)

Chimes at Midnight is available from : Amazon.com for streaming ($3.99); as Blu-ray ($25.00); as  a DVD ($8:62) Amazon.co.uk as Blu-ray (£16:30); as DVD (£9.99) Prices are indicative – check the actual price at the Vendors’ links above. . It would also make a great Christmas present, though you might like to compare it with other present options in our Shakespeare @ Christmas post. . Our Bottom Line: A wonderful production by Orson …Read More

Henry IV Part 1 – Original Cast list for 22 players

This cast list shows the original cast list for Henry IV Part 1, as it was first performed. It is based on the original cast list in T.J. King’s Casting Shakespeare’s Plays. Select your part by clicking on the Character(s) for your Player No. Player Character(s) 1 Hotspur 2 Falstaff 3 Prince Hal 4 King Henry IV 5 Worcester 6 Glendower, Archbishop Of York 7 Poins, Vernon 8 Mortimer,  Douglas 9 Westmorland, Gadshill 10 Blunt 11 …Read More

Henry IV Part 1: Cast list for 12 players

The table below provides the cast list for Henry IV Part 1 for 12 players. Click on the Characters of the Player No. that you have been given, and you will be taken to a script in Highlight text for your characters, and starting at Act One Scene One: . Player Characters 1 Hotspur 2 Prince Hal 3 Falstaff 4 King Henry IV, Vintner,  1st Traveler 5 Worcester, Servant 6 Poins, Mortimer, Westmorland 7 Vernon, Lady Percy, 1 …Read More

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