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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. . Act 1 Scene 3: MacbethRead 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

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