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How to use our site to explore a Shakespeare play

There has been a lot of interest in our Professional Actors play reading report (if you haven’t seen it, click on the following link: Professional Actors Playreading Session) published earlier this week, and so we thought we’d continue the theme and give an overview of what you can do with Players-Shakespeare.com . We think that Shakespeare’s plays are in a class of their own, and are worth exploring by anyone …Read More

Playreading Report: Professional Actors playreading session, May 11th, 2017

Keen to expand the scope and range of Players-Shakespeare.com, we ran a Shakespeare reading session with a difference this week. How might this resource be used, we wondered, in the world of professional drama and theatre? To find out, or at least begin the experiment, we invited a small, specialist group of professional actors to spend an afternoon working with the texts through our platform. Our very willing participants all …Read More

Twelfth Night – Upgrade to Version 5.10

We’ve upgraded Twelfth Night  to our latest format which lets you explore the play in many ways. We’ve taken the Oxford University Press First Folio Edition of the plays, and enhanced it to let you explore Shakespeare’s plays in ways  which are are more fun and much easier to use than in a paper format. The focus is on ‘playing’ the play, rather than studying it. With this new release of Twelfth Night,  you can: …Read More

Shakespeare’s Globe celebrate 70 years of Indian Independence

‘All my life and my strength were given to the first cause of the world – the liberation of mankind.’ . Jawaharlal Nehru, First Prime Minister of independent India . This summer, Shakespeare’s Globe in London is marking 70 years of Indian independence with a series of events curated by award-winning playwright Tanika Gupta. Their Festival of Independence uses theatre, music, poetry, comedy and dance to celebrate the diverse and dynamic world …Read More

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 which lets you explore the play in many ways. We’ve taken the Oxford University Press First Folio Edition of the plays, and enhanced it to let you explore Shakespeare’s plays in ways  which are are more fun and much easier to use than in a paper format. The focus is on ‘playing’ the play, rather than studying it. With this new release of Othello,  you can: Use “Let’s …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

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