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HELP exploring plays on your phone, etc

Welcome to our latest update to our edition of Shakespeare’s plays which provides access to them on Smartphones (as well as tablets and laptops). We have converted twelve plays to this format, and will convert more over time. Those plays which are converted are shown in green on our home page at: https://players-shakespeare.com/     This new format has a very simple interface, which is appropriate for smartphones, and works well …Read More

How to use this web-site (Players-Shakespeare.com)

Introduction: . Players-Shakespeare.com offers lots of ways to help play-readers and actors to  take part in Shakespeare productions or play-readings. This page outlines that help. You’d be best to view this page on a laptop or high-end tablet in landscape mode. . Ths web-site has two main types of users: . Playreading or Production Organisers: . Such people will find it easiest to use the web-site on a lap-top or …Read More

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

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: . …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

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

How we’ve updated our Help Videos

Last week we launched our first set of Help Videos to make it easier to use our web-site to read Shakespeare’s plays. . However, access to the help videos was extremely slow. The first major change we’ve made is to improve the speed of access to the Help Videos. If you try out any of the Help Videos below, you should get to the Vidoe play sceen much faster than …Read More