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Playreadings that require more than 4 players

Let’s Play: Magic and Masque at Miranda and Ferdinand’s nuptials (5 players)

A4S1 of The Tempest celebrates the nuptials of Miranda and Ferdinand with a masque, and then starts the overthrow of Caliban, Stephano, and Trinculo. It’s a difficult scene, but well worth playing. The scene is quite long, with tem characters, but luckily it can be played by 5 players, though that means that four  of the fove players will have to play more than one character.So let’s play the scene now. Links …Read More

Let’s Play: Sebastian and Francisco are tempted (The Tempest, A2S1, 5 players)

There’s really only one scene where we get to know Sebastian and Antonio, the villains of The Tempest, and that’s Act 2 Scene 1, where they are tempted to murder the King of Naples and Gonzalo, so that’s the scene we’ll explore. . The scene is quite long, with seven characters, but luckily it can be played by 5 players, though that means that one of the players will have to …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

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

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is our new ‘Play of the Month’

Rather late (it’s the 6th March) we’re making A Midsummer Night’s Dream our ‘Play of the Month’ for March ’17. Because it’s late, and because it’s fun, we’ve upgraded our video of Eliza Langland’s interpretation of “Bottom’s Dream” and before we tell you all about what we provide with the play, here’s the video (just click on the arrow to play it): . . (If you like this click here to subscribe …Read More

A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Upgrade to 5.08

We’ve upgraded A Midsummer Night’s Dream  to help you explore the play. Using a smartphone, a tablet or a laptop, with this new release,  you can: Use “Let’s Explore” to explore the characters of Bottom, Helena, Puck, Quince, and Titania (or any other character in the play) Use “Let’s Play” with a few friends to play: Bottom becomes an Ass; What fools these mortals be; Bottom with the fairies; Bottom is reunited with …Read More

Romeo and Juliet: Upgrade to Version 5.06

We’ve upgraded Romeo and Juliet with lots of new goodies to help you explore the play. At the top-level, with this new release,  you can: Use “Let’s Explore” to explore the characters of Romeo, Juliet, and the Nurse (or any other character in the play) Use “Let’s Play” with a few friends to play: The Balcony scene; The lovers’ parting; The death of Mercutio and Tybalt; Juliet’s family discover the ‘death’ …Read More

Let’s Play: ‘By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes’ (Macbeth, A4S1, 7 players)

The cauldron bubbles and thunder ‘claps’. The witches’ spell is cooking and Macbeth approaches. These ‘secret, black and midnight hags’ call him ‘wicked’, which tells us something!  The spirits know what he wants to hear. Each of three Apparitions reassures him but then, in answer to a direct question, comes the last ‘horrible sight’. . This scene requires 7 players, which is more than we usually include for scenes to play, …Read More

Let’s Play: In the Forest of Arden (A2S4, As You Like It – 5 players)

In A2S4 of As You Like It, Rosalind (disguised as a youth), Celia, and Touchstone arrive in the Forest of Arden, tired after their journey. They meet Corin and Silvius, who is telling Corin how much he loves Phebe. Silvius soon runs away distraught. The travelers ask Corin if they know where they can find food and shelter, and he agrees to help them. . Playing the scene: The scene requires five …Read More