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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

Our MFFE V5 release – Parts and Cues + examples

Our MFFE V5 release plan Our release of Modern First Folio Edition, Version 5 (MFFE V5) is getting very close. Currently: We have eight plays converted to MFFE Version 5 format, including: The Tempest Twelfth Night Othello King Lear A Midsummer Night’s Dream Much Ado About Nothing Henry IV Part I Henry IV Part II and we’re currently working on Romeo and Juliet We are also very close to having an online MFFE …Read More

What does the Globe Player let you do?

The Globe recently released The Globe Player , which lets you view or buy one of their productions for £4 / $6 (rent) or £8 / $12 (buy). We have published a Help page which helps you Choose and Watch a Globe production wherever you are. The Player  lets you view around 17 productions from The Globe currently: comedies; tragedies; and histories. There’s a charge of around £4 / $6 …Read More

It is all Much Ado About Nothing this week

It’s all Much Ado About Nothing this week, as the picture of David Garrick as Benedick above implies. I’m dizzy with Much Ado’s. They are whirling around inside my brain, and when I sleep at night Eve Best (The Globe’s Beatrice)  puts David Garrick (Benedick) in his place, whilst he is scathing about Glaudio’s (Tunji Kasim from the RSC production) falling in love with Hero, whilst the excellent Michelle Terry (Beatrice …Read More

Play-reading report: A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Edinburgh, 11th Jan. 2015

Before telling you about the delights of our reading of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream‘ – a few words about The Merchant of Venice:     I’ve finally got an answer which satisfies me as to why Antonio is so sad. It came from Northrop Frye. I’ve posted a comment on The Merchant of Venice Playreading report which explains it.  If you’re interested, follow the link above and scroll to the very bottom …Read More

Measure for Measure MFFE published with notes on James I’s involvement in the play

The Festive Season is over, but I hope it is not too late to wish you all a Very Happy New Year!!! Just before the holidays, I was about to publish Measure for Measure, but I got stuck. I couldn’t make head nor tail of what the Duke was doing in the play. He has 839 lines in our MFFE edition, more than King Lear, and nearly twice as much as …Read More

Tell us about your Playreadings and more on MFFE Playreading Packs

We’ve published three or four play-reading reports since September, and one of the interesting things about them is that they’re very popular with our readers. They’re probably the most popular thing apart from reviews of National Theatre, RSC, or The Globe productions, and of course Edinburgh Festival reviews. Today, we complete our upgrade to our Playreading / Production Packs release by letting you publish Playreading Reports on our web-site. (See https://players-shakespeare.com/add-a-playreading-report/ or …Read More