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Home new – Introduction to Players-Shakespeare.com

Players-Shakespeare.com publishes Shakespeare’s plays in an innovative form which lets you explore the plays in ways which are difficult with more conventional editions. Explore monologues; play scenes with 1 or 2 friends; playread the plays in a group of 6 – 12 people. You’ll find a more detailed description of what you can do below. We help you to do all this: Click here for video help to use the features …Read More

Hamlet A1S2 soliloquy ‘Oh that this too, too, solid flesh…’

My thanks to Alan Brown, Eliza Langland, and Scott Noble, for being willing to share their interpretations of this Hamlet soliloquy from A1S2 for your delight. . As you will have noticed, this video clip combines parts of each of their interpretations into one. If you’d like to hear their individual interpretations, let us know by leaving a comment at the bottom of this post. If there’s enough interest, we’ll put …Read More

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

Review; **** Laurence Olivier’s Hamlet (1948)

This classic  production of Hamlet, with Laurence Olivier as Hamlet,  is available: To Stream (or download) for Amazon Prime Members for £3.59 at Amazon.co.uk Laurence Oliviier Hamlet To stream (or purchase) from Amazon.com for  $3.99 at Amazon.com Laurence Olivier Hamlet – streaming As a DVD from Amazon.com for $21.96 fromAmazon.com Laurence Oliver Hamlet DVD . Prices are indicative – check the actual price at the Vendors’ links above. Our Bottom Line: This is a classic production of …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

Review: Othello (*****) BBC Shakespeare Collection

The BBC’s Shakespeare Collection production of Othello is available: – For streaming from Ambrose Digital ($25 / £16) – If you live in the UK, you can buy Othello (and 10 other Shakespeare Tragedies) for £19.99 for streaming / download. from the new BBC Store (more about this new BBC store later). – For streaming from Amazon.com ($1.99 / ~£1.25) – As a DVD from Amazon.co.uk for  £18.93 (£9.90 used) / Note that prices quoted …Read More

Review: The Globe Production of Henry IV Part I (****)

The Globe’s production of Henry IV Part I is available: – For streaming from The Globe Player (£6 /~ $9) – For purchase and download as an MP4 from The Globe Player (£10 / ~$15) – As a DVD from Amazon.co.uk for  £20 / ~$30.00 and from Amazon.com  for $19.59 Note that prices quoted are indicative and subject to change. Check the prices on the Vendors’ pages at the links above.  If you want to know …Read More