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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

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 make a Video Reading

Overview: If you’ve watched and listened to some of our Video Readings, you may want to record a Video Reading yourself. And when you’ve recorded it, you can send it to Players-Shakespeare.com for us to evaluate if we’ll publish it. This is what you have to do: Select one or more scenes to record – you can find candidate scenes in our “Let’s Play” menu on Players-Shakespeare.com Record your version of the scene …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

Merry Wives of Windsor: Falstaff soliloquy (to Brook) in A3S5

In this scene, Falstaff tells Brook (Master Ford in disguise) how he was very nearly caught by Master Ford, trying to seduce Mistress Page. Luckily for him, Mistresses Ford and Page, hid him in a buckbasket (a laundry basket) and two servants took him in the buckbasket and threw him and the dirty clothes into the Thames. Of course, the scene is much funnier when Brook is present desparately hiding …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

Let’s Explore: Othello, the Moorish general

Before we explore the character of Othello, 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). . Othello, the Moorish general: You can …Read More

Let’s Explore: Iago, Othello’s nemesis

Before we explore the character of Iago, in Othello, 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). . Iago, Othello’s nemesis: You can explore …Read More

Othello: A1S3 Put money in thy purse

At the moment  (11th March ’17), we’re busy preparing Othello for a play-reading. That means that we’ll update the play script for the play-reading; create a few videos for the “Let’s Explore” and “Let’s Play” sections, and we’ll publish the new version of the play, with the additions towards the end of March. . This is the first of the videos which go with the play. It’s one of my favourite …Read More

Hamlet A1S2 soliloquy ‘Oh that this too, too, solid flesh…’

My thanks to Alan Brown, Eliza Langland, and Scott Noble, for being willing to share their interpretations of this Hamlet soliloquy from A1S2 for your delight. . As you will have noticed, this video clip combines parts of each of their interpretations into one. If you’d like to hear their individual interpretations, let us know by leaving a comment at the bottom of this post. If there’s enough interest, we’ll put …Read More

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