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How to use our site to explore a Shakespeare play

There has been a lot of interest in our Professional Actors play reading report (if you haven’t seen it, click on the following link: Professional Actors Playreading Session) published earlier this week, and so we thought we’d continue the theme and give an overview of what you can do with Players-Shakespeare.com . We think that Shakespeare’s plays are in a class of their own, and are worth exploring by anyone …Read More

Playreading Report: Professional Actors playreading session, May 11th, 2017

Keen to expand the scope and range of Players-Shakespeare.com, we ran a Shakespeare reading session with a difference this week. How might this resource be used, we wondered, in the world of professional drama and theatre? To find out, or at least begin the experiment, we invited a small, specialist group of professional actors to spend an afternoon working with the texts through our platform. Our very willing participants all …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

Let’s Play: Othello A3S4 The lost handkerchief

Let’s play part of  A3S4 of Othello where Othello asks Desdemona for the handkerchief he has given her. In the previous scene, Iago has made Othello suspicious about Desdemona’s behaviour with Cassio. He has also said that he saw Cassio with the handkerchief that Othello had given Desdemona.  In this scene, Othello checks whether Desdemona has that handkerchief. The scene requires three players. To begin with, Desdemona and Emelia wonder where …Read More

Let’s Play: Othello A3S3 ‘beware my Lord, of jealousy!’

Let’s play part of  A3S3 of Othello where Iago carefully arises Othello’s jealousy. The scene requires three players. To begin with, Iago has to be very careful to make sure that he doesn’t go too far in telling Othello of his ‘suspicions’, until he is sure that Othello is susceptible to believing his story. This part of the scene starts when Iago and Othello enter, and see Cassio, who has been dismissed …Read More

Let’s Play: 3 Romans fantasise about Cleopatra (A2S2, Antony and Cleopatra, 3 players)

A2S2 of Antony and Cleopatra is mostly about Antony and Caesar trying to resolve their conflicts, and ends up with Caesar agreeing to marry his sister, Octavia, to the newly-widowed Antony, in an attempt to cement their relationship. But that’s not what I thinks fun to play. . After the high politics is over, the main players leave the scene, and leave Enobarbus, a Roman based with Antony in Egypt, and Agrippa, …Read More

Let’s Play: Silvius courts Phebe (A3S5, As You Like It – 3 players)

A3S5 of As You Like It starts with Silvius courting Phebe who resists his attentions. Very soon Rosalind, Celia, and Corin enter, and, unobserved, watch Silvius courting Phebe. Phebe rejects Silvius’ advances, and soon Rosalind interrupts to tell her off more than somewhat. Playing the scene: The scene requires three players: one each for Silvius, Phebe, and Rosalind. There’s a casting for this scene on the sidebar to the right under ‘A3S5: …Read More

Let’s Play: Rosalind is banished (A1S3, As You Like It – 3 players)

A1S3 of As You Like It opens with Rosalind feeling a little blue – she’s just fallen in love with Orlando at a wrestling match. Celia tries to cheer her up, but then Celia’s father, Duke Ferdinand enters and banishes Rosalind. Rosalind is even more upset, but Celia wants to go with her into exile. They decide to go the The Forest of Arden, to try and find Rosalind’s father – Duke …Read More

Let’s Play: Polonius deals with Laertes and Ophelia (Hamlet – A2S1) 3 players

Let’s play A2S1 of Hamlet where Polonius first asks Reynaldo to spy on his son, Laertes, in Paris, and bad-mouth him to other Danes living in Paris, and then rushes Ophelia off to the king, when she comes in, very upset, about how Hamlet has treated her. . The first part with Reynaldo serves no plot function that I can see, except that it tells us a lot about Polonius. …Read More

Let’s play: Arthur is nearly blinded (A4S1, King John)

Let’s play A4S1 of King John, where (Prince) Arthur is saved from blinding by Hubert, by his innocence. I find this extract one of the more moving scenes of  the whole play: Player 1 – Hubert  (In Parts and Cues format) Player 2 – Executioner (Highlit Text) Player 3 – Arthur (Parts and Cues) Hubert and Arthur’s scripts are in Parts and Cue format.  The Executioner  is in Highlit Text so that player can …Read More