A Midsummer Night’s Dream lends itself to play-reading. The three different casts (the court; the rude mechanicals; the fairies) allows a good distribution of parts across the readers. However, for playing scenes, there aren’t many scenes which are dialogues for 2 players. A Midsummer Night’s Dream is an early play, and in his early plays Shakespeare seems to have mostly written scenes for large number of characters.
Players-Shakespeare.com’s MFFEV5 edition provides castings for 6 to 12 playreaders. This casting is for 6 players. The roles for each player are shown below with links to a highlight text script. If you want to read your script in Parts and Cues format, change the script format in the setup windows (accessed via the gearwheel in the top rigght-hand corner of the script window..
Everyone is going to be pretty busy if your reading the play with only 6 players, and some of you are going to have to talk to yourselves in different roles. These situations are outlined. It’s good practice to try and have a different voice for each character, and if you do this, other players will be less confused when you talk to yourself.
The roles for the 6 playreaders are as follows:
Player 1: Oberon, Theseus, Moon, Starveling
Note: Player 1 has adjacent speeches 3 times in A5S1 as Theseus and Moon
Players 2: Hermia, Quince, Prologue, 1st_fairy, Hippolyta, Peaseblossom
Player 3: Lysander, Titania
Player 4: Puck, Egeus, Thisbe, Mustardseed, Flute
Note: Player 4 has adjacent speeches once in A3S1 as Puck and Thisbe
Player 5: Demetrius, Bottom, Pyramus, Moth
Note: Player 5 has adjacent speeches once in A4S1 as Demetrius and Bottom
Note: Player 5 has one adjacent speech in A5S1, and also speaks directly to himself as Bottom and Demetrius.
Player 6: Helena, Wall, Lion, Snout, Snug, Cobweb, 2nd_fairy
Note: Player 6 talks to themselves once in A2S2
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