If you want to play-read A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Players-Shakespeare.com provides playreading castings for 2 to 12 playreaders – and for 20. We like to make sure that the smallest part is 100 lines or more, and with up to 11 playreaders, we’re there. However, we think the play probably works best with a cast of 8 (everyone has at least one principal character) so it might be an idea to invite 8 to 10 players (in case you have 1 or 2 no-shows on the day of the reading). You’ll find these castings in the index which is on the right for laptops and most tablets in landscape mode, and after this post on smartphones and most tablets in portrait form. They are repeated here for your convenience:
|Round-robin reading for 2 – 5 players|
|Cast list for 6 players|
|Cast list for 7 players|
|Cast list for 8 players|
|Cast list for 9 players|
|Cast list for 10 players|
|Cast list for 11 players|
|Cast list for 12 players|
|Cast list for 20 players (original)|
Each player needs their own tablet, smartphone, or laptop, with a web browser. The experience is probably best on a tablet, then a smartphone, and then a laptop. The main advantages of the tablet and smartphone are: the touchscreen which makes scrolling easier, and the full-screen presentation of the text..
Each player needs to select one of the roles to play, from the cast list page, selected from the index or the list of cast lists above. Clicking on the link for their player no. will take them to a script of the play which shows their role(s) in Highlit Text (their lines are highlit in a colour; other speakers lines are shown in conventional black on white). Each player can choose to change to Parts and Cues format if they wish, using the gear-wheel in the top right-hand corner of the script window.
When everyone has selected their role, let the reading commence.
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