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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 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

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:   If you’re thinking of play-reading Shakespeare, using our plays, there’s one post we think you’ll find really useful. It’s the index to a one hour adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, which includes, in a section called “Help with using our Script pages”, entries which explain how to use our innovative support for play-reading including: cue scripts; cast list; round-robin reading; and highlight text. You’ll find it 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

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