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Playing Shakespeare on your smartphone!

Visits to our web-site have grown significantly over the past three months (up over 300% in first half of July compared with April pro-rata) and a lot of that is in smart phone and tablet usage. Of course, we think our web-site is wonderful, but still, we were surprised, and so we investigated. We’ve also made some changes to improve the experience of reading Shakespeare’s plays on Smartphones, and more …Read More

How we help you playread Shakespeare

This web-site is designed to help people explore Shakespeare by exploring Shakespeare’s characters, playing scenes from his plays, playreading compelte plays, and our scripts can also be used  for productions. (See our objectives at: What Players-Shakespeare.com does). . In June / July ’17  the number of people who have expressed interest in play-reading Shakespeare grew rapidly and has now reached over 1,000 (by liking our FB page, or becoming FB …Read More

Get started play-reading with Macbeth

A lot of people are interested in Shakespeare play-reading. We’ll be restarting our play-reading group in September, and we’ve just published a new version of Macbeth, which we’ll play-read then. We hope that some of you will join us by play-reading the same play in September, and perhaps let us know how it went, by completing a play-reading report, which we’ll publish, provided it meets our standards for posts. . …Read More

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

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

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