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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: ‘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: 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: 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 …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 …Read More

Let’s Play: Macbeth (7 – 10 players)

Flickering tapers anyone? A play-reading of Macbeth should end with candles guttering out and its closing lines spoken ‘off’, where light can still be seen. The ‘butcher’ and ‘his fiend-like queen’ may be dead but what about those witches? It is a close, terrifying play. A small chalk circle was all that contained the fatal action of the acclaimed RSC production of 1976 (dir. Trevor Nunn) with Ian McKellen and …Read More

Let’s Play Macbeth (Original Casting for 28)

This casting of Macbeth, is the original casting of 28 speaking parts, as played by The Kings Men. (In addition there would be non-speaking performers acting as lords, attendants, etc., which, if you wish, you can add to your production). . The casting is in the same sequence as the original casting: principal men; principal boys (mostly female roles); minor men; minor boys, with each in the same sequence as the original. . This casting …Read More

Let’s Play: As You Like It (Original cast list for 20)

This casting of As You Like It, is the original casting of 20 speaking parts, as played by The Lord Chamberlain’s Men. (In addition there would be non-speaking performers acting as lords, attendants, etc., which, if you wish, you can add to your production). The casting is in the same sequence as the original casting: principal men; principal boys (usually female roles); minor men; minor boys, with each in the same sequence as the …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: 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. You’ll find a link for each player below: . 1: Silvius 2: Phebe …Read More

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