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How we help you playread Shakespeare

This web-site is designed to help people explore Shakespeare by exploring Shakespeare’s characters, playing scenes from his plays, playreading compelte plays, and our scripts can also be used  for productions. (See our objectives at: What Players-Shakespeare.com does). . In June / July ’17  the number of people who have expressed interest in play-reading Shakespeare grew rapidly and has now reached over 1,000 (by liking our FB page, or becoming FB …Read More

Review: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, RSC, 1968, ****

The classic  Peter Hall film of A Midsummer Night’s Dream is available: To Stream (or download) for Amazon Prime Members for free at A Midsummer Night’s Dream As a DVD from Amazon.com for $19.49 Prices are indicative – check the actual price at the Vendors’ links above. Our Bottom Line: A classic production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Peter Hall in 1968 with a cast from the RSC. The technical quality of the production is …Read More

Review The Globe’s production of The Tempest *****

The Globe’s production of The Tempest is available: As a DVD from Amazon UK  for £13.36 / ~$20.00. It does not seem to be available in the USA The Tempest can also be streamed from The Globe Player for £5.99 / ~$9.00 or purchased and downloaded as an MP4 for £9.99 / ~$15.00 Prices are indicative – check the actual price at the Vendors’ links above. Our Bottom Line: An extraordinary performance, everything one hopes …Read More

Review: Twelfth Night (*****) Trevor Nunn

Twelfth Night is available for streaming from Amazon.com for $8.99 DVD of Twelfth Night available from Amazon.co.uk for £3.99 DVD of Twelfth Night available from Amazon.com from  $15.74 Note that prices quoted are indicative and subject to change. Check the prices on the Vendors’ pages at the links above. Our Bottom Line: This is a really fantastic version of this play. It isn’t the most accurate; if you’re looking to study it, go and …Read More

Review: The Globe Production of Henry IV Part I (****)

The Globe’s production of Henry IV Part I is available: – For streaming from The Globe Player (£6 /~ $9) – For purchase and download as an MP4 from The Globe Player (£10 / ~$15) – As a DVD from Amazon.co.uk for  £20 / ~$30.00 and from Amazon.com  for $19.59 Note that prices quoted are indicative and subject to change. Check the prices on the Vendors’ pages at the links above.  If you want to know …Read More

Reviews: Small cast, gender-blind, shows of ‘The Dream’ and Henry V (****)

Last weekend  (6th and 7th May) here in Edinburgh, we had a visit from Merely Theatre, touring productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and  Henry V.  My partner and I went to both shows, with high interest, because this is a gender-blind company, and we were curious to see how their productions would work out. Before we get into the detail, let me say immediately that two shows were very exciting. We’ve given …Read More

Secrets of Acting Shakespeare (*****) with Parts and Cues

Last week our article on ‘Parts and Cues’ stimulated quite a bit of interest. We had more ‘likes’ than usual on Facebook, and quite a few comments. A couple of people whose opinions I respect, recommended that I looked at a book by Patrick Tucker called Secrets of Acting Shakespeare – The Original Approach  (available from Amazon.co.uk for £25 – £45, and from Amazon.com for $25 – $140 – this pricing …Read More

Review: The Globe production of Macbeth (on Screen) ****

The Globe production of Macbeth is available: As a DVD from Amazon UK for £16.74 or from Amazon USA for $17.29 From The Globe Player for rental (streaming) for £5.99 ($9) or for purchase (download as an MP4) for £9.99 ($15) We are not aware of any way of streaming this production yet Prices are indicative – check the actual price at the Vendors’ links above. If you want to know more about how …Read More

Review: RSC “The Winter’s Tale” on DVD – 1999 (****)

The RSC production of The Winter’s Tale  is available as a DVD  from  Amazon.co.uk  for £19.73 and from Amazon.com for $14.79 Note that prices quoted are indicative and subject to change. Check the prices on the Vendors’ pages at the links above. Our Bottom Line: All in all, it’s certainly not a perfect version of the play (not that such a thing could ever exist).  It’s still a very strong production which offers …Read More

Review: Shakespeare in Love (*****)

Shakespeare in Love  is available as a DVD  from  Amazon.co.uk  for £2.70 and from Amazon.com for $6.59 It is also available for rent or buy via Instant Video  from Amazon.co.uk  for £2.49 – £7.99 or from  Amazon.com for $2.99 – $9.99 Note that prices quoted are indicative and subject to change. Check the prices on the Vendors’ pages at the links above. Our Bottom Line: The script is ingenious, the cast are fantastic, the score is …Read More

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