“I have heard the ‘Chimes at Midnight’ – Orson Welles plays Falstaff in his final theatrical performance on the Dublin stage in 1960Friday, November 25th, 2011
By LAWRENCE FRENCH
Orson Welles began his career as a stage actor at the Gate Theatre, in Dublin, Ireland on October 13, 1931. At the time Herbert Hoover was the President of The United States of America.
Orson Welles ended his career as a stage actor at the Gaiety Theate, in Dublin, Ireland in March, 1960. At the time John Kennedy (an Irishman) was President of The United States of America.
Since I've always considered Orson Welles Falstaff (the movie) to be his greatest cinematic acheivement, I've often wondered why his ghost staging of Chimes at Midnight in Dublin in 1960 has been so ignored in most Welles biographies. (more...)