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Let’s Explore Othello’s soliloquy in A5S2

When I wrote a “Let’s Explore” about Othello (Othello, the Moorish General), I used Act Five Scene Two, which starts with his murder of Desdemona, as one of the scenes that I thought worth exploring, but I carefully avoided looking in detail at the soliloquy with which the scene starts. I bottled out.  The soliloquy is extraordinary, and I felt it beyond my capacity to say anything enlightening about it. …Read More

Explore #Shakespeare ‘s plays on your iPhone, etc

We’re excited to announce an update to our Shakespeare Edition which allows you to explore his plays much more easily on a smartphone (tested on iPhone and iPad; and should work, probably more slowly, on Android and Amazon Fire).   We’ve simplified the interface for the smaller screen of  mobile phones. This makes it significantly easier to use.   The new interface is also available on tablets and laptops, and …Read More

SCDA page (Scottish Community Drama Association)

The SCDA and Players-Shakespeare.com are pleased to provide SCDA members with access to a Shakespeare-related online resource – Players-Shakespeare.com. . This resource provides SCDA members with a number of possibilities: . Download most of Shakespeare’s plays in Players-Shakespeare.com’s Modern First Folio Edition (MFFEV1) in a format for printing (PDF) with a licence to use the script for play-reading or production. The plays available can be found at: https://players-shakespeare.com/players-shakespeare-com-published-plays/ Read the most …Read More

Let’s explore: Prospero’s back-story in The Tempest

  Actors often  create a ‘back story’ for their characters which says what happened to them before the play starts. In The Tempest, there is no need for the actor to work out Prospero’s back story, because Prospero tells it himself, in Act 1 Scene 2, when he tells his daughter Miranda how they came to be shipwrecked on the desert island where they are. . The following link will take you …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

Let’s Explore Lady Macbeth for play-reading

We are surprised at the level of interest you’ve shown in play-reading. Our Facebook page now has more than 1,000 members (page likes & friends), and  in July, traffic to the web-site has doubled. Most of that comes from the US and UK, but interest is growing in Brazil, India, and the Philippines. . We hope some of you will try out play-reaidng of Macbeth in September, but why wait …Read More

Let’s Explore: Macbeth’s soliloquies

When we are exploring Macbeth‘s character, it is revealing to look at his soliloquies / monologues. Most of these occur in the first half of the play, though perhaps his most famous monologue occurs very close to the end of the play in Act Five Scene Five. This is in a very different style to the earlier soliloquies. Let’s start with the early solilquies. . Before we start, it’s worth …Read More

Let’s Explore Macbeth’s first scene (A1S3)

It’s a commonplace that Shakespeare’s plays don’t have many stage directions in them. Our view is that there are many, many stage directions but they are not labelled as such.  Instead, the writer buries his stage instructions in the language of the play. Cues; midline switches; rhetorical devices; short lines; rhyming couplets; switches between verse and prose; all of these incorporate stage directions into the play. . Why does the …Read More

Let’s Explore: Lady Macbeth

Act 1 Scene 5 (Lady Macbeth‘s first scene): The first scene in which a character appears, is often revealing about that character. It’s helpful for the actor and it’s helpful for the audience, if they both find out about the character when they are first introduced to them (or when they first start learning their lines, if they are the actor). In Act 1 Scene 5 of Macbeth, Lady Macbeth‘s …Read More

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. We help you set …Read More