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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

Romeo and Juliet round-robin play-reading for 2-5 players

If you can only get a few people (2 -5)  together to do a play-reading, probably the most practical way of reading the play is to read it ‘rouond-robin’. . In other words, each player reads a speech in turn. The first reader reads the first speech; then the next speaker in a clockwise direction reads the next speech; and so on until all the speakers have read, and then …Read More

Hamlet is published today in our new format

Today we’re pleased to  publish Hamlet in our latest format. “So what”, I hear you cry, “Aren’t there enough editions of Hamlet already? So what’s new in your edition?” We think this version of Hamlet let’s you do a number of things which were very difficult to do before: You can run a play-reading of Hamlet for 6 to 8 playreaders where each reader will be kept busy throughout the playreading. …Read More

How to playread Hamlet

Scroll down this page to get to the YouTube video. Press the right-arrow to start the video. Click on full-screen icon in bottom right-hand-corner. It was exciting to see how you responded to our launch of e-reader downloads for Apple, Android, Amazon, and Windows last week (see 2017 is here and play-reading is getting easier if you haven’t caught up with that). However, we don’t seem to have done a good …Read More

2017 is here & play-reading is easier.

As 2017 gets going, we’ve just made Shakespeare play-reading a whole lot easier. This came about from a test we ran with home-schoolers in the summer of 2016. We learnt a lot from that and those learnings are embedded in what we’ve done. . We think our new play-reading method will be attractive to young and old: as a fun introduction to Shakespeare for the young  being educated at home, …Read More

Here’s to an exciting and Happy New Year, 2017 for you and us

2016 has been a rather difficult year for a number of reasons, so here’s hoping that 2017 is a lot better, and so I want to wish you all a Happy New Year. . For Players-Shakespeare.com, it’s a year since we launched our Internet-based play-reading service, and we’ve learnt a lot about how to use it, and so, a year later, we’re enhancing the service: As well as reading the …Read More

Hamlet ‘Round-robin’ play-reading for 2 – 4 readers

If you can only get a few people (2 -4)  together to do a play-reading, probably the most practical way of reading the play is to read it ‘rouond-robin’. In other words, each player reads a speech in turn. The first reader reads the first speech; then the next speaker in a clockwise direction reads the next speech; and so on until all the speakers have read, and then the …Read More

Playreading Report: Alls Well That Ends Well, Edinburgh 11th Dec 16

On Sunday 11th December, we ran a play-reading of All’s Well That Ends Well, here in Edinburgh. This report covers improvements to our play-reading process, and what the players thought of the play. If you’re only interested in the play, scroll down to the Heading ‘All’s Well That Ends Well’. . Improvements to our play-reading process: If you follow these play-reading reports, (you can find them at: https://players-shakespeare.com/play-readings-2/), you may have noted that …Read More

Playreading Report: The Merry Wives of Windsor – Sun 13th Nov 2016

We ran a play-reading of The Merry Wives of Windsor here last Sunday. It was one of the best play-readings we’ve run, and I think we’ve learnt quite a bit about how to run play-readings. In addition, a number of our players discovered delight in a Shakespeare play that they hadn’t known up till now. So an exciting afternoon. . The Play-reading: A number of factors (last-minute change of play; delays in coming up …Read More

Play-reading report: Antony and Cleopatra, Edinburgh, 9th Oct 2016

We ran the first play-reading of the 2016 / 17 season on Sunday. It’s our fourth year of play-readings, so it was particularly good to welcome a lot of familiar faces coming together again to read more plays, and also good to welcome some new ones too. We had 14 at the play-reading, more than usual, for a reading of Antony and Cleopatra. When we have more than usual, it makes …Read More

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