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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

A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Upgrade to 5.08

We’ve upgraded A Midsummer Night’s Dream  to help you explore the play. At the top-level, with this new release,  you can: Use “Let’s Explore” to explore the characters of Bottom, Helena, Puck, Quince, and Titania (or any other character in the play) Use “Let’s Play” with a few friends to play: Bottom becomes an Ass; What fools these mortals be; Bottom with the fairies; Bottom is reunited with the players. Play-read the whole …Read More

Review: (***) Hamlet, (2000) starring Ethan Hawke, directed by Michael Almereyda

This production of Hamlet, with Ethan Hawke as Hamlet,  is available: As a DVD for  £14.94 at Amazon.co.uk (N.B. a Region 1 import) As a DVD for $7.99 at Amazon.com  Prices are indicative – check the actual price at the Vendors’ links above. . Our Bottom Line: Worth seeing but contrivance is all. . . Our Review (***) Forget majesty – and nobility come to that. ‘Our whole kingdom’ is become the Denmark Corporation, the King is …Read More

Review; **** Laurence Olivier’s Hamlet (1948)

This classic  production of Hamlet, with Laurence Olivier as Hamlet,  is available: To Stream (or download) for Amazon Prime Members for £3.59 at Amazon.co.uk Laurence Oliviier Hamlet To stream (or purchase) from Amazon.com for  $3.99 at Amazon.com Laurence Olivier Hamlet – streaming As a DVD from Amazon.com for $21.96 fromAmazon.com Laurence Oliver Hamlet DVD . Prices are indicative – check the actual price at the Vendors’ links above. Our Bottom Line: This is a classic production of …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 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: 10 Things I Hate About You (****)

10 Things I Hate About You  is available as a DVD  from  Amazon.co.uk  for £4.09 and from Amazon.com for $8.58 It is also available for rent from Amazon.com for $2.99 – $3.99 Note that prices quoted are indicative and subject to change. Check the prices on the Vendors’ pages at the links above. Our Bottom Line: This is not Shakespeare [though derived from The Taming of the Shrew]. However, I think it’s very much …Read More

Benedict Cumberbatch to star as Hamlet in NT-Live broadcast

As well as filming with the BBC on a ‘Hollow Crown’ version of Richard III, Benedict Cumberbatch is going to star as Hamlet in a National Theatre production of the play. This will be broadcast at cinemas around the UK on  October 15th, with tickets on sale on 16th March – put that date in your diary!!!. For those of you outside the UK, expect an announcement of broadcast dates in your country …Read More

Gemma Arterton as Duchess of Malfi (To be reviewed 9th March)

The Duchess of Malfi will be broadcast in the UK on 9th March. We will review it and publish it here. Pics, and text and video about Gemma Arterton and Duchess of Malfi: Gemma Amerton will be starring as Duchess of Malfi in the Globe’s Onscreen Broadcast of The Duchess of Malfi on 26th February for most cinemas in the U.S., and on 9th March here in the U.K. For those of …Read More

New Global Theatre programmes from The Globe and RSC

Today we publish details of The Globe’s, and the RSC’s, new programmes – with video clips summarising each season. We’ve updated our Global Theatre diary with these shows, and with other new ways of experiencing Shakespeare from the BBC and DigitalTheatre.com.  Here’s a summary of what we think are the highlights from the new programmes: First, and most exciting, the first broadcast from the indoor, candlelit, Sam Wanamaker theatre of The …Read More