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Playreadings for 4 players

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

Play-reading report: Othello, Edinburgh, 27th March, ’17

We ran a play-reading of Othello yesterday (Sunday 26th March ’17) and did something new. We cast the play by lot as usual, which resulted in 3 ‘cross-castings’: Othello, Desdemona, and Emilia.  After we’d read the play, we made a video reading of the first half of A3S3, so that you can get a feel of what our play-readings are like. You’ll find the recording below. After that, you’ll find more …Read More

Let’s Play: Cleopatra bitches about Octavia (Antony and Cleopatra, A3S3, 4 players)

In Act 2 Scene 5, Cleopatra is informed by Messenger5 that Antony, her lover, has married Caesar’s sister Octavia. Cleopatra took the news badly and beat up Messenger5 more than somewhat. . Now, in A3S3, she wants to know more about Octavia, and calls Messenger5 back to learn what she can about Olivia. . The humour in the scene comes from Messenger5’s understandable nervousness about talking to Cleopatra on this …Read More

Let’s Play: The Ghost of Banquo (Macbeth, A3S4, 4 players)

Macbeth has had his close friend Banquo murdered for fear that he would succeed him as king. Fleance, Banquo’s son managed to escape. One of the killers comes to report the news to Macbeth, who is hosting a great feast to celebrate his coronation. . The Ghost of Banquo takes ‘his’ place at the table. There is no seat left for Macbeth. This is, of course, one of the most …Read More

Let’s Play: Rosalind and Orlando ‘marry’ (A4S1, As You Like It – 4 players)

When A4S1 of As You Like It starts, Rosalind (disguised as a youth),  has been kept waiting by Orlando, the man she loves. She is talking to Jaques, the melancholic follower of Duke Senior. When Orlando arrives, Rosalind initially ignores him, until Jaques leaves. Then, she first of all tells him off for being late, then ‘educates’ him into the reality of love, and then persuades Celia to ‘marry’ them. . In …Read More

Let’s Play: 4 Young Men in Love (Love’s Labour’s Lost, A4S3, 4 players)

In Act 4 Scene 3 of Love’s Labour’s Lost, the four young men of Navarre, who, at the beginning of the play, had sworn to deny themselves the company of women whilst they studied, have all fallen in love. And as young men do, they have written poems to their beloveds. Of course, they haven’t admitted to each other that they have fallen in love, but here, the lovers read out …Read More

Let’s Play: The deaths of Mercutio and Tybalt (4 players)

Let’s play A3S1 of Romeo and Juliet in which the Capulet’s and Montagues fight, and Mercutio and Tybalt are slain. This is very different from the romantic love affair between Romeo and Juliet, and shows testosterone-fuelled agression between young men. This extract is set up for 4 players. All parts are in highlight text format. The casting for 6 of Romeo and Juliet has been used, with players in order of appearance in the scene. Each …Read More

Let’s Play: Falstaff and Prince Hal ‘practice an answer’ (Henry IV Part I A2S4)

Act Two Scene Four of Henry IV contains at least three significant scenes about the relationships between Henry IV, Prince Hal, and Falstaff: first Hal and Poins try to trap Falstaff into admitting his cowardice at Gadshill; second, Falstaff and Prince Hal pretend to be Henry IV and Prince Hal; and lastly; Prince Hal protects Falstaff from the Sheriff, his father’s law officer. We’re exploring the first two of those …Read More

Let’s Play Hamlet – setting up your own “Let’s Play”

We’ve published quite a few scenes and plays that you can play in our Let’s Play section with scenes requiring 1, 2, 3, 4, 5….10 players, and people are starting to use them. What you  may not have realised, is that you can set up your own “Let’s Play!” scenes for your own use. In this post we’re going to show you how, using a few scenes from Hamlet as …Read More