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Twelfth Night: A2S4 ‘Like Patience on a monument’

Introduction: The audio of the following video reading is taken from an episode of John Barton’s Playing Shakespeare. It’s called ‘Rehearsing a text’. Playing Shakespeare,  nine 45 minute episodes on how to play Shakespeare’s text, uses a host of famous RSC actors from the 70’s. It is the best series I know on how to play Shakespeare. It’s available on Youtube, and if you go to My Channel on Youtube, you’ll …Read More

Let’s Play: ‘I have supped full of horrors’ (Macbeth, A5S5, 2 players)

The end is four short scenes away. Macbeth’s defences crumble, his queen dies, and he almost welcomes his own death. It is bleak and – dramatically speaking – magnificent. This scene requires two players: Player 1: Macbeth (Highlit Text) Player 2: Seyton, Messenger1 (Standard Script) Play the scene from the start to the end. Let’s Play! Alan Brown, Editor Players-Shakespeare.com If you ‘like’ our Facebook page, you’ll get updates on …Read More

Let’s Play: Macbeth shall sleep no more (Macbeth, A2S2, 2 players)

Owls are screaming in the night. Macbeth has murdered his king and the ghastly consequences are immediate. He is in a cold sweat, cannot pray, and believes that he will never find rest. Lady Macbeth is similarly condemned but doesn’t know it yet! For the moment she is confident and decisive, rebuking Macbeth for being ‘infirm’. There is a frightful knocking at the castle entrance. Call it Hell Gate, as …Read More

Let’s Play: Lady Macbeth’s dreadful resolve (Macbeth, A1S5, 2 players)

It’s been some day! The battle is won. Valiant Macbeth is the hero. The witches’ charm is ‘wound up’ and they tell him that he will be king. This is marvellous news and he puts it all down in a letter to his wife. Lady Macbeth reads the letter aloud and wonders whether her husband is man enough to kill to become king. No matter, for she will convince him, …Read More

Let’s Play: Town Mouse and Country Mouse (A3S2, As You Like It, 2 players)

After Orlando has stuck poems to all the trees, A3S2 of As You Like It continues with Corin (a country shepherd) talking with Touchstone (a court jester) about their different ways of life. Playing the scene: The scene requires two players: one each for Corin and Touchstone. There’s a casting for this scene on the sidebar to the right under ‘A3S2: Town mouse and Country mouse (2 players):’. Each player should click on the …Read More

Let’s Play: Armado and Moth play with words (Love’s Labour’s Lost, A1S2, 2 players)

Love’s Labour’s Lost is filled with wordplay, often not that easy to follow for a modern reader. And there is little less amusing than having an ancient, re venerated joke explained to you. Given that one of the themes of the play is the importance of keeping one’s word, one wonders if this playing with words is the opposite of the importance of not forswearing. In A1S2, we are introduced to …Read More

Let’s Play: ‘I left no ring with her’ – Twelfth Night, A2S2

There’s a great small scene in Twelfth Night, A2S2, where the supercilious Malvolio meets with Viola (disguised as the boy, Cesario) for the first time. Malvolio has been asked, by Olivia, to return a ring which Olivia said was given to her by Cesario on behalf of Orsino, who thinks he loves Olivia. But Viola / Cesario hasn’t given Olivia a ring. She doesn’t tell Malvolio this, so he is …Read More

Published MFFEV5 Scenes

Introduction: We provide scenes (extracts) from Shakespeare’s plays via ‘The Cloud’ for playing by mostly 1 – 6 players (school children & home-schoolers, students,  & play-reading groups). Playing scenes  (rather than reading the play) enriches your understanding of the plays, and let’s you explore play-reading with less people. Each player needs their own web browser (laptop; tablet; smartphone). Each scene comes with a description of the scene, and casting links for each script. See the …Read More

Let’s Play: Romeo and Juliet in love (Highlit Text)

Let’s play Romeo and Juliet in love! This page let’s two players play the main love scenes between Romeo and Juliet in Highlit Text format: – Act 2 Scene 2: The Balcony Scene – Act 3 Scene 5: The Morning After Scene (If you want to play these scenes with 3 players, in Parts and Cues format you’ll find it at: Romeo and Juliet in love (Parts and Cues) ) First Scene (Act …Read More

Let’s Play: Henry IV telling off his son

Let’s play the scene from Henry IV Part I,  (Act 3 Scene 2) where Henry IV tells of his son for being a reprobate, etc. Henry IV, beset with rebellion, is upset with his son, Prince Hal, who is behaving like a reprobate, and is not at home much, and is not offering his father any support. This needs two players to play the scene. The two roles are: Henry IV (Parts and Cues); Prince Hal (Highlit Text) If …Read More