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Play-reading Shakespeare and Morphic Resonance

Click the back-button to get back to where you came from   We ran a play-reading of The Merchant of Venice on Sunday, 13th May. Eight of us sat in our sitting room and read the play, using our Cast list for 8 to allocate the characters in the play to different players. The reading was a delight! Because we cast the play by lot, there is no way to rehearse …Read More

Review (*****) ‘Hamlet’, dir.Gregory Doran, RSC. BBC 2009.

Review (*****) ‘Hamlet’, dir.Gregory Doran, RSC. BBC 2009. By Alan Brown   May 12, 2018   ‘Hamlet’, is available:   in the US, from Amazon Prime at $4.99 to stream; or as a Blu-ray DVD at $15.44. https://www.amazon.com/Hamlet-David-Tennant/dp/B003LMRD6S/ref=tmm_aiv_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1525953907&sr=8-1   in the UK, from Amazon.co.uk (DVD, Region 2), new from £5.90 https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hamlet-DVD-David-Tennant/dp/B002PXHRFQ   Prices are indicative – check the actual price at the Vendors’ links above.   Our Bottom Line. Quite …Read More

Reheasals at The Globe for Michelle Terry’s Hamlet

Michelle Terry has been in place for a few months now as artistic director of The Globe. Her first productions, Hamlet and As You Like It , are in rehearsal, and they’re both being played by the same ensemble of actors, and are being launched towards the end of April. We plan to attend an early performance of Hamlet, and bring you a review of how it went.   The casting of these two production …Read More

Review (*****): Gonsalves Method workshop

We’ve been publishing articles about the Gonsalves method recently, and last week we tested the Gonsalves method out “in real life”. Aileen (Gonsalves) came to Scotland to run a full-day workshop with some of the cast of Shakespeare @ Traquair’s production of Much Ado About Nothing (running from 30th May – 9th June, Wednesday to Saturday). This review shares our view of the results of the workshop.     Before going into …Read More

Review (***) ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, dir. Adrian Noble, RSC. Film 4, 1996.

Review (***) ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, dir. Adrian Noble, RSC. Film 4, 1996. 99 minutes.   By Alan Brown   February 26, 2018   ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, is available: in the US, from Amazon.com to buy as a DVD for $6.81 in the UK, from Amazon.co.uk  to buy for £7.91 Prices are indicative – check the actual price at the Vendors’ links above.   By Alan Brown   February …Read More

An RSC director’s approach to the ‘The Dream’

Editor’s Introduction: I am very pleased that Aileen Gonsalves, Artistic Director and founder of Butterfly Theatre  (www.butterflytheatre.com),  director at the RSC, and originator of the Gonsalves Method, has agreed to write for Players-Shakespeare.com.   I first met Aileen at the RSC Big Week-end, where she gave a very impressive masterclass on directing, which introduced me (and the other attendees) to the Gonsalves Method. You can read my review of that workshop …Read More

Review (***) ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, Dir. David Kerr, BBC Films, 2016.

Review (***)  ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, Dir. David Kerr, BBC Films, 2016. 90 minutes.   By Alan Brown   February 12, 2018   ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, is available: in the USA, watch with Britbox on Amazon for $6.99 a month after a trial in the UK, to buy & stream from Amazon Prime video for £2.49 in the UK, from Amazon.co.uk  to buy as a DVD  for £6.03, Blu-Ray …Read More

SCDA page (Scottish Community Drama Association)

The SCDA and Players-Shakespeare.com are pleased to provide SCDA members with access to a Shakespeare-related online resource – Players-Shakespeare.com. . This resource provides SCDA members with a number of possibilities: . Download most of Shakespeare’s plays in Players-Shakespeare.com’s Modern First Folio Edition (MFFEV1) in a format for printing (PDF) with a licence to use the script for play-reading or production. The plays available can be found at: https://players-shakespeare.com/players-shakespeare-com-published-plays/ Read the most …Read More

Review (****) ‘A Midwinter’s Tale’, Dir. Kenneth Branagh, Castle Rock, 1996.

Review (****) ‘A Midwinter’s Tale’, Castle Rock 1996. 1 hour 38 minutes. By Alan Brown December 18, 2017 . ‘A Midwinter’s Tale’ (also titled ‘In the Bleak Midwinter’), is available: in the US, from Amazon.com to rent for $9.99 and to buy as a DVD for $14.99 in the UK, from Amazon.co.uk  to rent for £2.49 and to buy for £7.99 Prices are indicative – check the actual price at the Vendors’ …Read More

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