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Let’s Play: Othello A3S3 ‘beware my Lord, of jealousy!’

Let’s play part of  A3S3 of Othello where Iago carefully arises Othello’s jealousy. The scene requires three players. To begin with, Iago has to be very careful to make sure that he doesn’t go too far in telling Othello of his ‘suspicions’, until he is sure that Othello is susceptible to believing his story. This part of the scene starts when Iago and Othello enter, and see Cassio, who has been dismissed …Read More

Othello – Upgrade to Version 5.05

We’ve upgraded Othello  to our latest format to allow you explore the play in many ways. We’ve taken the OUP First Folio Edition of the plays, and using Internet and computer technology, allow you to explore Shakespeare’s plays in ways  which are much easier than with a paper form of the play. The focus is on ‘playing’ the play, rather than studying it. With this new release of Othello,  you can: Use “Let’s Explore” …Read More

Let’s Explore: Desdemona, innocent wife

Before we explore the character of Desdemona, let us remind you how you can explore a Shakespearean character in any of our published plays.  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). . Desdemona, the inncocent wife: You can …Read More

Let’s Explore: Othello, the Moorish general

Before we explore the character of Othello, let us remind you how you can explore a Shakespearean character in any of our published plays.  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). . Othello, the Moorish general: You can …Read More

Let’s Explore: Iago, Othello’s nemesis

Before we explore the character of Iago, in Othello, let us remind you how you can explore a Shakespearean character in any of our published plays. 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). . Iago, Othello’s nemesis: You can explore …Read More

Twelfth Night: A2S4 ‘Like Patience on a monument’

Introduction: The audio of the following video reading is taken from an episode of John Barton’s Playing Shakespeare. It’s called ‘Rehearsing a text’. Playing Shakespeare,  nine 45 minute episodes on how to play Shakespeare’s text, uses a host of famous RSC actors from the 70’s. It is the best series I know on how to play Shakespeare. It’s available on Youtube, and if you go to My Channel on Youtube, you’ll …Read More

Othello: A1S3 Put money in thy purse

At the moment  (11th March ’17), we’re busy preparing Othello for a play-reading. That means that we’ll update the play script for the play-reading; create a few videos for the “Let’s Explore” and “Let’s Play” sections, and we’ll publish the new version of the play, with the additions towards the end of March. . This is the first of the videos which go with the play. It’s one of my favourite …Read More

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is our new ‘Play of the Month’

Rather late (it’s the 6th March) we’re making A Midsummer Night’s Dream our ‘Play of the Month’ for March ’17. Because it’s late, and because it’s fun, we’ve upgraded our video of Eliza Langland’s interpretation of “Bottom’s Dream” and before we tell you all about what we provide with the play, here’s the video (just click on the arrow to play it): . . Now you’ve heard one of Bottom’s speeches, you …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

Let’s Explore: Bottom’s Dream, and Juliet drinks a potion

One of the things we hope you’ll do is read some Shakespeare speeches out loud. We’ve asked you often to do this, but we’ve never ever done it ourselves to show you how it can work. Today, we change that, by publishing two videos you’ll find below (though they’re really screenshots + audio) of  Bottom’s Dream (part of A4S1 of A Midsummer Night’s Dream)  and a soliloquy that Juliet says, just …Read More

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