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What Players-Shakespeare.com does

What we want to do: We think that Shakespeare’s plays are in a class of their own, and are worth exploring by anyone with an interest in human nature, English literature, or theatre. The best way of exploring them, in our view, is by experiencing them: by seeing them performed; by playing them yourselves; by play-reading them; and by exploring characters and situations in the plays. . Players-Shakespeare.com publishes an …Read More

The innovative tools we offer to explore a Shakespeare play

There has been a lot of interest recently in how you can use our web-site for play-reading Shakespeare’s plays. There are three posts which seem to have excited people: How to get started with Shakespeare play-readings How to run a Shakespeare play-reading Professional Actors Playreading Session which records how a set of Porfessional Actors used it to explore a few scenes from different plays We’re delighted that so many of you …Read More

How to get started running Shakespeare play-readings

Introduction: It is getting easier and easier to run a Shakespeare play-reading using our edition of Shakespeare, and more and more of you seem to wamt to run play-readings. But it’s still not exactly intuitive as to how you get started running Shakespeare play-reading(s). We recently published a page on how to run a play-reading, which may be worth a read if you haven’t read it yet. It’s at: How …Read More

How to run a Shakespeare play-reading

We encourage people to run Shakespeare play-readings. From our own experience they can be enormous fun, and enrich your understanding of the play. . If you are thinking of running play-readings, we think you should use our MFFEV5 plays online. They’re based on around 10 years experience of running play-readings; they offer innovataive ways of exploring the plays, they’re  easy to run and read, and they’re free. . To run an …Read More

Home new – Introduction to Players-Shakespeare.com

Players-Shakespeare.com publishes Shakespeare’s plays in an innovative form which lets you explore the plays in ways which are difficult with more conventional editions. Explore monologues; play scenes with 1 or 2 friends; playread the plays in a group of 6 – 12 people. You’ll find a more detailed description of what you can do below. We help you to do all this: Click here for video help to use the features …Read More

Shakespeare’s use of Blank Verse (The Merchant of Venice)

We’ve said that Shakespeare provides pointers  to an actor on how to play a speech. He does this in many ways, and in this post we’re going to focus on how he uses blank verse to provide such pointers. Of course the player can choose to ignore these pointers and say the speech as thought appropriate, but, it is at the very least, interesting to see what Shakespeare is suggesting. …Read More

Help with Playing Shakespeare

As well as showing you how to use the features of Players-Shakespeare.com, we also provide help with how to play Shakespeare, particularly in a play-reading situation. The advice we give comes not from us, but from Shakespeare (or whoever wrote the plays) himself. He provides lost of help with how to act his parts, if you listen out for his help. Of course it is up to the actor to …Read More

Hamlet A3S2 ‘Speak the speech, I pray you…’

Hamlet (in A3S2) tells the newly-arrived Players how he wants them to act the speech which he has inserted into The Mousetrap to test whether Claudius feels guilty about Hamket’s father’s death. . Now it’s usually not usually safe to assume that Shakespeare feels personally the emotions that he puts into the speeches of his characters. Macbeth may be feeling complete despair when he comes to the ‘Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and …Read More

Playreading Report: Twelfth Night, Edinburgh, 7th May

This is the fourth play-reading of Twelfth Night  which we’ve run since we started our play-reading group nearly four years ago. This may be because it’s one of my favourite plays, though in each case I had a reason why we needed to playread it. This time it was because we had just converted the play to our latest format, and added an index to the play so you can easily access …Read More