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Players-Shakespeare.com’s Newsletter No 2

In this issue: How you are using Players-Shakespeare.com Launch of ‘Support for Playreading’ Closed FB Group Technology Update: Our plays on your own e-book readers  Players-Shakespeare.com content in ’17 – ’18 Virtual play-reading across the Net . How you are using Players-Shakespeare.com As we get closer to the start of the play-reading season, in September,  there’s more and more activity from you on the web-site. Some of the things we’ve …Read More

Shakespeare’s plays we have published

Players-Shakespeare.com publishes Shakespeare’s plays in an innovative form which lets you explore them in new ways.  You’ll find a detailed description of what you can do below the table of our published plays. You can get help on how to do this at the following links: Click here for video help with the features we provide. Click here for video help with reading Shakespeare’s texts Click here to learn how to run …Read More

Players-Shakespeare Newsletter No 1

There’s so much going on at the moment that we thought we’d try out a weekly newsletter to see if it would help you keep you up-to-date with developments at Players-Shakespeare.com. Based on your response, we’ll make this a regular part of the site, or we’ll quietly drop the idea. So here goes with the first issue of our Newsletter: . In this issue: Exploring Macbeth Technology Update: Our plays on …Read More

What’s going on in The Merchant of Venice?

As you may have noticed, I’m in the process of updating The Merchant of Venice  at the moment with additional items (Let’s Explore, Let’s Play, etc). I’m beginning to wonder what the play’s about. . I’ve never acted or directed The Merchant of Venice so I don’t know it that well. Of course, I’ve seen a number of productions, and my general impression of the play is that the play tells the …Read More

Countdown to Playreading … T – 9 (The technology & the location)

We run play-readings here in Edinburgh from September through May. We’re hoping that this year (2017 – 2018) other groups around the world will join us in play-reading some of Shakespeare’s plays. . It’s now the beginning of August, so we’re running a countdown of the things you need to do to be ready to play-read a Shakespeare play in September. . Today it’s T-9 and it’s time to select …Read More

Countdown to Play-reading ….T – 10 (The play and the players)

We run play-readings here in Edinburgh from September through May. We’re hoping that this year (2017 – 2018) other groups around the world will join us in play-reading some of Shakespeare’s plays. . It’s now the beginning of August, so we’re running a countdown of the things you need to do to be ready to play-read a Shakespeare play in September. . Today it’s T-10 and it’s time to select …Read More

Publication of The Merchant of Venice and other things

We’re very pleased to announce the publication of The Merchant of Venice in our MFFEV5 edition. We plan to play read it in October, after our planned play-reading of Macbeth. Before we get into the details on The Merchant of Venice, there’s some other news regarding the web-site, and support for it. . First, we’re excited to see that, in July, a few of you have started to play-read scenes from the plays. No full play-readings …Read More

Let’s Play: Macbeth A4S2: ‘All my pretty Chickens, and their Dam!’

For the Jacobean audience; the playwright; and the actors at  at the premiere of Macbeth the  Gunpowder Plot of the same year loomed as large in their consciousness as 9/11 does in our day.  That affected the structure and content of the play: the illegitimate over throw of kings by violent means; the Porter’s reference to Equivocators; the involvement of witches and the devil; the eventual overthrow of Macbeth. . For the …Read More

Let’s Play: Love’s Labour’s Lost, A4S2: The preyful Princess pierced and pricked a pretty pleasing Pricket (3 players)

Last week, we published a post suggesting you played The Porter’s Scene in Macbeth ((Let’s Play Macbeth, A2S3: The Porter’s Scene).. One of the reasons we suggested this scene, is because it’s really quite difficult to get the dark humour of  the Porter to come out – but if you do, it’s really very funny. . Cam Culham offered some good advice  on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/playersshakespeare/). He is currently …Read More

Playing Shakespeare on your smartphone!

Visits to our web-site have grown significantly over the past three months (up over 300% in first half of July compared with April pro-rata) and a lot of that is in smart phone and tablet usage. Of course, we think our web-site is wonderful, but still, we were surprised, and so we investigated. We’ve also made some changes to improve the experience of reading Shakespeare’s plays on Smartphones, and more …Read More

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