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Playreading Report: Twelfth Night, Edinburgh, 7th May

This is the fourth play-reading of Twelfth Night  which we’ve run since we started our play-reading group nearly four years ago. This may be because it’s one of my favourite plays, though in each case I had a reason why we needed to playread it. This time it was because we had just converted the play to our latest format, and added an index to the play so you can easily access …Read More

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

Romeo and Juliet: A2S2 The Balcony Scene

A Video Reading of The Balcony Scene (A2S2) of Romeo and Juliet: This Video Reading is of the whole scene of A2S2 (The Balcony Scene) of Romeo and Juliet – excluding the Nurse’s two or three lines. . Both Romeo and Juliet are played by Eliza Langland. We’ve tweaked the sound to reduce the pitch for Romeo’s lines, and made them a little higher for Juliet’s lines. An interesting experiment! After you’ve …Read More

Twelfth Night – Upgrade to Version 5.10

We’ve upgraded Twelfth Night  to our latest format which lets you explore the play in many ways. We’ve taken the Oxford University Press First Folio Edition of the plays, and enhanced it to let you explore Shakespeare’s plays in ways  which are are more fun and much easier to use than in a paper format. The focus is on ‘playing’ the play, rather than studying it. With this new release of Twelfth Night,  you can: …Read More

Twelfth Night A2S5 Malvolio finds a letter

A2S5 of Twelfth Night  is a favourite comic scene with audiences. In it, Malvolio finds a letter, left by Maria, which purports to come from Olivia, the lady of the house of which Malvolio is the steward, +which says that she is in love with Malvolio. He reads the letter, with Sir Toby, Sir Andrew, and Fabian listening to him from within / behind a box hedge. . The humour of the …Read More

Merry Wives of Windsor: Falstaff meets Mistress Quickly (A2S2)

One of my favourite comic scenes in Shakespeare is this scene between Mistress Quickly and Falstaff in The Merry Wives of Windsors. Its charms are more subtle than the more obvious favourites, but it has enormous charm. In my view, more generally, The Merry Wives of Windsor is one of Shakespeare’s more under-rated plays. The context is as follows. Falstaff is broke, and is desparate for money. He decides to write love letters …Read More

Twelfth Night cast list for 21 players (Original casting)

Twelfth Night is a great play for a play-reading. There are around 10 principal roles, virtually any of which could be the star of a production, and there is not very much action (apart from the duel between Sir Andrew Aguecheek and Viola / Cesario), so play-reading works fine. Players-Shakespeare.com provides playreading castings for 6 to 12 playreaders, and in our view, the play-reading is likely to go best, if you have …Read More

Twelfth Night cast list for 11 players

Twelfth Night is a great play for a play-reading. There are around 10 principal roles, virtually any of which could be the star of a production, and there is not very much action (apart from the duel between Sir Andrew Aguecheek and Viola / Cesario), so play-reading works fine. Players-Shakespeare.com provides playreading castings for 6 to 12 playreaders, and in our view, the play-reading is likely to go best, if you have …Read More

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