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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

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. . Players-Shakespeare.com publishes an …Read More

The innovative tools we offer to explore a Shakespeare play

There has been a lot of interest recently in how you can use our web-site for play-reading Shakespeare’s plays. There are three posts which seem to have excited people: How to get started with Shakespeare play-readings How to run a Shakespeare play-reading Professional Actors Playreading Session which records how a set of Porfessional Actors used it to explore a few scenes from different plays We’re delighted that so many of you …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

Video Reading: Love’s Labour’s Lost: A3S1 ‘And I, forsooth, in love!’

I wanted to make a Video Reading of this monologue by Berowne in Love’s Labour’s Lost, because I think it’s very funny, but very difficult for the actor to make it ‘come off’. . Berowne is one of the four members of the court of Navarre who have sworn not to fall in love whilst they study for a year. Berowne has fallen in love with Rosline, and is both disgusted,  and …Read More

Help Videos for Players-Shakespeare.com

Players-Shakespeare.com provides innovative ways of exploring Shakespeare’s plays. This page provides access to help videos which explain how to use the Players-Shakespeare.com web-site. The latest drafts of help videos are shown below, but they can be improved. If you find something confusing, or that a subject is not covered that you’d like to understand, please let us know by leaving a comment on this post. .   The currently available …Read More

Twelfth Night – Upgrade to Version 5.10

We’ve upgraded Twelfth Night  to our latest format which lets you explore the play in many ways. We’ve taken the Oxford University Press First Folio Edition of the plays, and enhanced it to let you explore Shakespeare’s plays in ways  which are are more fun and much easier to use than in a paper format. The focus is on ‘playing’ the play, rather than studying it. With this new release of Twelfth Night,  you can: …Read More

Othello – Upgrade to Version 5.05

We’ve upgraded Othello  to our latest format which lets you explore the play in many ways. We’ve taken the Oxford University Press First Folio Edition of the plays, and enhanced it to let you explore Shakespeare’s plays in ways  which are are more fun and much easier to use than in a paper format. The focus is on ‘playing’ the play, rather than studying it. With this new release of Othello,  you can: Use “Let’s …Read More

Let’s Explore: Desdemona, innocent wife

Before we explore the character of Desdemona, let us remind you how you can explore a Shakespearean character in any of our published plays.  If you haven’t tried out our  techniques of using ‘Parts and Cues’ and ‘Highlit Text’ to explore a Shakespeare character, then you’ll find it helpful to read the detailed explanation we give for the character Hamlet (click on Let’s Explore Hamlet). . Desdemona, the inncocent wife: You can …Read More

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