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How to throw a Shakespeare play-reading party

We recently published an overview of Cue Scripts, Cast lists and Highlight Text in ‘plain English’ (see https://players-shakespeare.com/outlining-cue-scripts-cast-lists-and-highlight-text/) and are pleased by the response it got.   Encouraged by the response we thought we’d try another ‘plain English’ article, this time on How to run a Shakespeare play-reading party so here goes….   The first thing you have to do is choose the play. The play decides the number of people …Read More

An overview of Cue Scripts, Cast lists and Highlight Text

  We spend a lot of time telling you all that we support cast lists, cue scripts, and highlight text, but we’ve never bothered to explain what they are, so we’re going to do that in this article.   I’m going to spend the least time on cue scripts, because I think that’s fairly familiar to most people involved with Shakespearean drama. Cue Scripts: In Shakespeare’s times, actors were not …Read More

One Hour Midsummer Night’s Dream – Overview

  We’re very excited to publish an adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Aileen Gonsalves, the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) director. Aileen’s adaptation sticks closely to the script and provides a ‘route map’ of the plot for ‘The Dream.  It plays in an hour. Aileen has used this adaptation for pub-lunch productions of Shakespeare plays.   We (an RSC director; an ex-Shakespeare school-teacher; a community theatre Shakespeare director; an ex-IT …Read More

One Hour Midsummer Night’s Dream – Cast list for 8 players

  If you don’t know how to use this page, click on this link.   This post is the play-reading cast list for 8 players for One Hour Midsummer Night’s Dream. Links are given for the eight players to see the script in Highlight Text format or Cue Script format, in two tables you’ll find below.   Cast list for 8 players in Highlight Text Format   The table below …Read More

Play-reading Shakespeare and Morphic Resonance

Click the back-button to get back to where you came from   We ran a play-reading of The Merchant of Venice on Sunday, 13th May. Eight of us sat in our sitting room and read the play, using our Cast list for 8 to allocate the characters in the play to different players. The reading was a delight! Because we cast the play by lot, there is no way to rehearse …Read More

How our script pages work together

The way you read a play on Players-Shakespeare.com uses on three different pages: The Script page which lets you read the whole play, by pressing on the A?S? buttons at the top and bottom of the script, to move from scene to scene. The Index page which lets you select the Cast List page for the number of players you are playing with (and a lot of other pages which …Read More

Help with using our Index page

This page helps you to understand how to use the index pages to our published plays – both Modern First Folio Edition, and One Hour Edition. Let’s start by looking at the Index page for One Hour Romeo and Juliet: The Index page does a number of things. The most important of these is to let you customise the script page so that it shows you the script as you …Read More

How to use our Cast list pages

Our cast list pages are used to define which characters you will play in a play-reading, and in what format you want to play them.   When using a cast list to select the characters you will play, you can see the script in one of two formats: Highlight Script format: In this format, you will see the whole script of the play, but the speeches of the characters you …Read More

How to use our Script Page to read a Shakespeare script

This page helps you to move among the various scenes in a Shakespeare play. As an example we’re using our One Hour Romeo and Juliet edition. Here’s what you see when you ask to see the first scene (The Prologue) of the script for that play: The most important part of this window is the text of the play. Often the text of the scene will be larger than the …Read More