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Romeo and Juliet (cast list for 9 players)

Romeo and Juliet is a great play for a play-reading by school children; students; or play-reading groups. We ran a playreading of R&J  recently in Edinburgh and we’ve published a play-reading report about it at: Playreading Report: Romeo and Juliet, Edinburgh 13th Dec. 2015 Players-Shakespeare.com provides playreading castings for 6 to 16 playreaders for Romeo and Juliet. Each casting lets a small group of people read a play, sharing the roles amongst the readers minimising …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

Romeo and Juliet – Speaking Cast List

List of Characters . 2ND_WATCH One of the watchmen who discover Paris, Romeo, and Juliet dead in the crypt. 3RD_WATCH Another of the watchmen who discover the dead lovers and Paris in the crypt. ABRAM A Montague retainer. APOTHECARY An apothecary in Mantua who sells Romeo poison. BALTHASAR Romeo’s man. BENVOLIO Romeo’s cousin. CAPULET Juliet’s father. CAPULET_WIFE Juliet’s mother and wife to CAPULET. CHIEF_WATCHMAN The leader of the watch which …Read More

Romeo and Juliet: Introduction

Introduction: Date and Sources: Romeo and Juliet is an early play of Shakespeare. The play was probably written between 1591 and 1595 (I’d guess 1594), after The Taming of the Shrew. . The play is based on an Italian tale, translated into English and turned into verse by Arthur Brooke, and published in 1562. It was then turned into prose and published as The Palace of Pleasure in 1567 by …Read More

Let’s Explore Gertrude – the Queen

If you haven’t tried out our  techniques of using ‘Parts and Cues’ and ‘Highlit Text’ to explore a Shakespeare character, then you’ll find it helpful to read the detailed explanation we give for the character Hamlet (click on Let’s Explore Hamlet). . You can explore any Shakespearean character in a play  published by Players-Shakespeare.com in a similar way. Here we help you explore Gertrude, Hamlet’s mother, and the Queen. . What …Read More

Playreading Report: Hamlet, Edinburgh, 15th Jan 2017

We ran what I thought was our best play-reading ever on Sunday, 15th January, using our newly-published edition of Hamlet. There were eight of us, which is probably the perfect number for the type of play-reading we run. This review will cover both how the play-reading went, and how the technology worked. I’ll start with the play-reading – the important stuff – and then update you on the technology. . …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

Review: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, RSC, 1968, ****

The classic  Peter Hall film of A Midsummer Night’s Dream is available: To Stream (or download) for Amazon Prime Members for free at A Midsummer Night’s Dream As a DVD from Amazon.com for $19.49 Prices are indicative – check the actual price at the Vendors’ links above. Our Bottom Line: A classic production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Peter Hall in 1968 with a cast from the RSC. The technical quality of the production is …Read More