Stage Adaptations

Today I received a new stage adaptation of The Canterbury Tales by Dave Hollis.  This is the twenty-eighth script in my collection.  Does anyone know how many time Chaucer’s works have been adapted for the stage or screen?

This is what I have in my collection:

Ammann, Herman. Canterbury Tale from the Wife of Bath, A: A Comedy in One Act. Schulenbury, Texas: I. E. Clark, Inc., 1970. First Edition. 8vo – over 7¾” – 9¾” tall. Stapled. Good / No Jacket. ISBN: 0-88680-018-8. White paper cover with red lettering on both front and back. 22 pp. 

Dekker, Thomas, Henry Chettle, and William Haughton. Patient Grissil: A Comedy. London: Shakespeare Society, 1841. First Thus. 8vo – over 7¾” – 9¾” tall. Cloth. Good / No Jacket. Brown cloth with blind stamped covers. Gold lettering on spine. Top half of spine broken. Reprinted from the Black-Letter Edition of 1603. Foxing on preliminary and end pages. Uncut. 96 pp. 

Duffield, Brainerd, Trans.. Canterbury Tales, The: A Musical Stage Version. Elgin, Illinois: Performance Publishing, 1973. Soft Cover. Good / No Jacket. Yellow cover. 104 pp. 

Golisciani E. and E.G. Cottrau. Griselda: Dramma Lirico In Quattro Atti. Napoli, Italy: Societa in Accomandita A. Bellisario, 1889. First Edition. 8vo – over 7¾” – 9¾” tall. Original Wraps. Fair / No Jacket. Grey paper with covers taped on. 35 pp. In Italian. “Rappresenato al Teatro Afieri do Toprino il 25 settembre 1878 e al gran Teatro Reale di Malta il 1st aprile 1880. Traduzione francese di Jules Ruelle; Traduzione inglese di C. Busuttil; Traduzaione tedesca di W. Kuden; Musica di Giulio Cottrau.” 

Hatton, Thomas J.. What Women Want Most: A One-Act Play Based on Geoffrey Chaucer’s Wife of Bath’s Tale. Chicago: Dramatic Publishing Company, The, 1982. 12mo – over 6¾” – 7¾” tall. Stapled. Very Good / No Jacket. Blue paper cover. One act play. 24 pp. 

Hollis, Dave. Canterbury Tales Adapted for the Stage, The. Northhampton, Great Britain: Jasper Publishing Ltd., 1996. 8vo – over 7¾” – 9¾” tall. Stapled. Very Good / No Jacket. ISBN: 1-874009-42-2. 40 pages 

Hurst, Keith. Canterbury Tales. Cheltenham, UK: Nelson Thornes, Ltd., 2001. First Edition. 8vo – over 7¾” – 9¾” tall. Soft Cover. Fine / No Jacket. ISBN: 0-7487-5694-9. 21 pp. Contains in play form, “The Pardoner’s Tale,” :The Friar’s Tale,” The Miller’s Tale,” “The Reeve’s TAle,” “The Wife of Bath’s Tale,” and “The NUn’s Priest’s Tale.” 

Levey, Sivori. Two Knights, The: Adapted from The Canterbury Tales. London: Pilgrimage Play Society, 1921. Folio – over 12″ – 15″ Tall. Stapled. Good / No. First published in 1919.  $60.00

Mills, Ruth. Merchant’s Tale and the Shipman’s Tale, The. Houndmills Basingstoke Hampshire: Macmillan Education Limited, 1985. 8vo – over 7¾” – 9¾” tall. Stapled. Very Good / No Jacket. ISBN: 0-333-38383-4. 

Pickering, Kenneth. Some Canterbury Tales Adapted From Geoffrey Chaucer. ill. Hyde, Derek — Music. London: Samuel French, Inc, 1988. First Edition. 8vo – over 7¾” – 9¾” tall. Stapled. Very Good / No Jacket. ISBN: 0-573-08077-1. Orange stapled cover with black lettering and images from Caxton on front and back cover. Contains adaptations of several tales. 

Raleigh, Walter. Riddle: A Pleasant Pastoral Comedy Adapted from The Wife of Bath’s Tale as it is Set Forth in the works of Master Geoffrey Chaucer. Oxford: Clarendon P, 1895. First Edition. 48mo – over 3″ – 4″ tall. Original Wraps. Fair / No Jacket. “Sewn signature bound in brown paper wrapper which is considerably frayed along the edges. ex library of University of Detroit with usual markings. 26pp. Softcover small 4to. Book plate of Hean and Herb B——–?. Note in French in inside front cover dated 1895. 

Riley, Martin. Canterbury Tales. Oxford: Oxford U P, 2003. 8vo – over 7¾” – 9¾” tall. Trade Paperback. Fine / No. ISBN: 0-19-832063-9. Cover contains a picture of the Ellesmere drawing of the miller. Book contains teaching material in addition to the play. 125 pp. 

Robinson, Oliver William. Chauntecleer or Chickens Come Home to Roost: A Children’s Operetta in One Act. Chicago: H. T. Fitzsimons Company, 1933. First Edition. 4to – over 9¾” – 12″ tall. Stapled. Very Good / No Jacket. Yellow-gold paper cover with black lettering on front cover. Images of children dressed in chicken suits on front cover. Blue sticker on “The Art Craft Drama Co., 14329 Faust Avenue. Detroit-Michigan. Plays–Operettas–Entertainment” on front cover. 28 pp. 

Scott, Dorothy and Diana Scott. Junior Form-Room Plays, Second Series. London: Dent, J. M. And Sons, 1939. First Edition. 24mo – over 5″ – 5¾” tall. Cloth. Very Good / No Jacket. Purple cloth with gold letterig and design on spine. Signature of “E. L. Moore. May 1939” on inside front cover. ffep stamped “Specimen.” Contains “The Pardoner’s Tale of the Three Men Who Wished to Kill Death.” from Chaucer. 192 pp. 

Shelabarger, Elaine. Pardoner’s Tale, The. London: Macmillan Education, 1978. 8vo – over 7¾” – 9¾” tall. Stapled. Very Good / No Jacket. Dramascript 

Smith, Evelyn, Ed.. Form-Room Plays–Junior Book. London: Dent, J. M., 1957. 24mo – over 5″ – 5¾” tall. Cloth. Very Good / No Jacket. Blue cloth with gold lettering on spine. Classic stories rewritten as short plays designed to be performed in classrooms. First published in 1920. General editor Sir A. T. Quiller Couch. 256 pp. Contains “The Cock and the Fox” and “The Parlement of Foules.” Signature of “Jackie Atkins” on front and back inside covers. 

Smith, Evelyn. Form-Room Plays–Junior Book. New York: E.P. Dutton, 1933. 24mo – over 5″ – 5¾” tall. Cloth. Very Good / No Jacket. Blue cloth with gold lettering on spine. Classic stories rewritten as short plays designed to be performed in classrooms. Part of the Kings Treasures of Literature series. General editor Sir A. T. Quiller Couch. 256 pp. Contains “The Cock and the Fox.” 

Spofford, Ainsworth R. And Charles Gibbon. Library of Choice Literature: Prose and Poetry Selected from the Most Admired Authors, Vol. 2. The. Philadelphia: Gebbie and Co., 1882. 8vo – over 7¾” – 9¾” tall. Decorative Cloth. Good / No Jacket. Dark green cloth elaborately stamped on front cover and spine in black and gold. Back cover blind stamped. “Death and the Drunkards” a retelling of “The Pardoner’s Tale” on pp. 237-39. 384 pp. Ex library of Indepencence School Library. Dedication on ffep. “Given to the Independence high school by the daughters of Maude Durham Purdy who was a member of the first graduating class in 1877.” 

Spofford, Ainsworth R. And Charles Gibbon. Library of Choice Literature and Encyclopaedia of Universal Authorship, Vol. V, The. Philadelphia: Gebbie and Co., 1890. 8vo – over 7¾” – 9¾” tall. Half-Leather. Good / No Jacket. Maroon leather over maroon cloth. 1 1/2″ tear down front spine from the top. Gold lettering on spine and gold design bordering the leather and the cloth on front and back covers. Contains an abrevated version of “The Knight’s Tale” pp. 133-35. Translator not listed. 384 pp. 

Starkie, Martin and Nevill Coghill. Canterbury Tales: Principal Chorus Vocal Book. ill. Hill, Richard and John Hsawkins. New York: Musical Theatre International, . 8vo – over 7¾” – 9¾” tall. Stapled. Very Good / No. Vocal Chorus book. 

Starkie, Martin and Nevill Coghill. Vocal Selections from Canterbury Tales. ill. Hill, Richard and John Hsawkins. Boston: Management Three Productions and Frank Productions, 1969. 4to – over 9¾” – 12″ tall. Stapled. Very Good / No. 

Van Wyck, William. In a Garden: a Fantasy; and Other Plays. First Edition. 4to – over 9¾” – 12″ tall. Fair / No Jacket. Original typewritten copies of Van Wyck’s plays. 

Villemain, M., Ed.. Cours De Litterature Francaise. Paris: Didier, 1841. Original Wraps. Good / No Jacket. Original yellow-green wraps. Two volumes. 

Wengrow, Arnold. Canterbury Tales: A Contemporary Theatrical Adaptation of the Works of Geoffrey Chaucer. Colorado Srings, Colorado: Meriwether Publishing, 1983. 8vo – over 7¾” – 9¾” tall. Soft Cover. Fair / No Jacket. Corners curled. Spine broken. 111 pp. 

Westmore, Peter. Chanticleer and the Fox: A Musical Play for Children. ill. Hughes, Edward, Music. London: Oxford U P, 1966. 8vo – over 7¾” – 9¾” tall. Stapled. Very Good / No Jacket. Orange cover with illustrations of Chanticleer and the Fox on the front cover. 30 pp. 

Williams, R. Vaughan. Merciless Beauty: Three Rondels. London: J. Curwen and Sonds, Ltd., 1922. First Edition. 4to – over 9¾” – 12″ tall. Stapled. Very Good / No. 

Woods, Phil and Michael Bogdanov. Canterbury Tales: Chaucer Made Modern. North Shields, Northumberland: Iron Press, 2000. 8vo – over 7¾” – 9¾” tall. Soft Cover. Very Good / No Jacket. ISBN: 0-90-6228-43-3. This edition first published in 1980. 71 pp. 

Yates, Irene. Pardoner’s Tale and Other Plays, The. ill. Swain, HOlly and Anna C. Leplar, and Linda Clark. Oxford: Heinemann Educational Publishers, 1999. First Edition. 8vo – over 7¾” – 9¾” tall. Soft Cover. Near Fine / No Jacket. ISBN: 0-435-11602-9. Contains “The Pardoner’s Tale,” “The Scottish Play,” and “The Curse of the Baskervilles.” 70 pp. 

 

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