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Partent Category for all playreadings

Shakespeare play-reading activity during August 2017 & Macbeth’s Soliloquies

For six weeks or so in July / August, we tried to persuade you to try out play-reading using our online edition of Shakespeare’s plays. A couple of weeks ago, at the end of August, we ran a hasty analysis to get a feel for what activity you’d undertaken during that month. Now we’ve had a bit more time to undertake a more rigorous analysis, we’ve got a better understanding …Read More

Countdown to Playreading… T – 7: Let’s Explore the principal characters in the play

In the previous step, you  read some, or all, of the play. Now  it’s worth exploring some of the more interesting bits of the play, using some of the features we provide to make it easier to read some of the soliloquies. This will let you explore or deepen your understanding of the main characters in the play, and also get you used to how to use various features of …Read More

Shakespeare’s plays we have published

Players-Shakespeare.com publishes Shakespeare’s plays in an innovative form which lets you explore them in new ways.  You’ll find a detailed description of what you can do below the table of our published plays. You can get help on how to do this at the following links: Click here for video help with the features we provide. Click here for video help with reading Shakespeare’s texts Click here to learn how to run …Read More

Playreading Report: Thou art alive

Andrew didn’t like Shakespeare. . “Well,” he said, “when I say I don’t like Shakespeare, I don’t mean I don’t like Shakespeare, I mean I wish I did like Shakespeare. I just can’t get on with him. All that thee-ing and thou-ing. Men in tights. Complicated words.” . It sounded to me like Andrew had never met Shakespeare. I invited him to come over. We could hang out. Have a …Read More

Let’s Play: The Merchant of Venice A1S3, Antonio borrows money from Shylock (3 players)

In Shakespeare’s plays, the first scene in which a principal character appears is often very revealing about that character and their situation. In particular, much can be understood about the character through their lines, and the  cues for those lines. . There is a good reason for this. In Elizabethan and Jacobean theatre companies, including The Lord Chamberlain’s Men and The King’s Men (the theatrical companies Shakespeare was  a member of) there was very …Read More

Let’s Play: The Merchant of Venice, A1S1 (3 players)

When we set-up a “Let’s Play”, it’s usually to demonstrate the particular emotions that a character or characters are going through; or to show some particularly interesting bit of action, but this “Let’s Play” serves a different purpose. . I hope it will demonstrate some of the uses of language that Shakespeare uses to help his actors (both those of his own time, and those of our time). It is …Read More

The Merchant of Venice Cast list for 12 players

The table below provides the cast list for The Merchant of Venice  for 12 players. Click on the Player No. that you have been given, and you will be taken to a script in Highlight text for your characters, and starting at Act One Scene One: 1: Portia 2: Bassanio, Messenger 3: Shylock 4: Antonio 5: Gratiano, Man 6: Clown, Arragon 7: Lorenzo 8: Salarino, Duke of Venice 9: Morocco, Salerio …Read More

The Merchant of Venice Cast list for 11 players

The table below provides the cast list for The Merchant of Venice  for 11 players. Click on the Player No. that you have been given, and you will be taken to a script in Highlight text for your characters, and starting at Act One Scene One: 1: Portia 2: Bassanio, Messenger 3: Shylock 4: Antonio, Tubal 5: Gratiano 6: Clown, Arragon 7: Morocco, Duke Of Venice, Balthazar 8: Lorenzo, Man …Read More

The Merchant of Venice Cast list for 10 players

The table below provides the cast list for The Merchant of Venice  for 10 players. Click on the Player No. that you have been given, and you will be taken to a script in Highlight text for your characters, and starting at Act One Scene One: 1: Portia 2: Bassanio, Messenger 3: Shylock 4: Clown, Salarino, Salerio 5: Lorenzo, Giobbe, Tubal 6: Antonio, Man 7: Gratiano, Balthazar 8: Morocco, Nerissa …Read More

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