This is the full script of David Copperfield.
Author: Charles Dickens
Script Writer: Shaun MacLoughlin
Total scenes: 29
Play duration: 1+ hour
Script Audio: Sound effects for David Copperfield
Music & Sound effects: Theme Music, Blustery wind, Thunder, Tapping on window, Crackle of fire, Seagulls, Sea wash, Moving cart, Birdsong, Grandfather clock strikes twelve, Trotting horses pulling cart, Thwacking of stick on David’s bottom, Jangle of keys, Music to accompany song “Gentlemen of England”, Knock on door, Heavy rain, Crashing waves, Thunder, Special effects of lightning, Horse and cart approaching and stopping; and Flowing water of Thames river
• Scene Changes and building sets and backdrops: These will depend on the time you have to prepare, your budget, how to decide to transition from one scene to another, your inventiveness and creativity. We supply several suggestions, but overall leave this to you.
• Mime: There is a great opportunity in this play for inventive and creative mime, to complement and counterpoint Dickens’ description. Sometimes this will provide an opportunity for comedy.
• Note about currency: before the UK adopted decimal currency in 1971, there were 20 shillings in a pound and 12 pennies in a shilling. One pound in David’s time would be worth about one hundred pounds today. So the 10 shillings Peggotty sent David would be worth about 50 pounds today.