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Playreading Report: Twelfth Night, Edinburgh, 7th May

This is the fourth play-reading of Twelfth Night  which we’ve run since we started our play-reading group nearly four years ago. This may be because it’s one of my favourite plays, though in each case I had a reason why we needed to playread it. This time it was because we had just converted the play to our latest format, and added an index to the play so you can easily access …Read More

How to make a Video Reading

Overview: If you’ve watched and listened to some of our Video Readings, you may want to record a Video Reading yourself. And when you’ve recorded it, you can send it to Players-Shakespeare.com for us to evaluate if we’ll publish it. This is what you have to do: Select one or more scenes to record – you can find candidate scenes in our “Let’s Play” menu on Players-Shakespeare.com Record your version of the scene …Read More

Romeo and Juliet: A2S2 The Balcony Scene

A Video Reading of The Balcony Scene (A2S2) of Romeo and Juliet: This Video Reading is of the whole scene of A2S2 (The Balcony Scene) of Romeo and Juliet – excluding the Nurse’s two or three lines. . Both Romeo and Juliet are played by Eliza Langland. We’ve tweaked the sound to reduce the pitch for Romeo’s lines, and made them a little higher for Juliet’s lines. An interesting experiment! After you’ve …Read More

Twelfth Night A2S5 Malvolio finds a letter

A2S5 of Twelfth Night  is a favourite comic scene with audiences. In it, Malvolio finds a letter, left by Maria, which purports to come from Olivia, the lady of the house of which Malvolio is the steward, +which says that she is in love with Malvolio. He reads the letter, with Sir Toby, Sir Andrew, and Fabian listening to him from within / behind a box hedge. . The humour of the …Read More

Merry Wives of Windsor: Falstaff meets Mistress Quickly (A2S2)

One of my favourite comic scenes in Shakespeare is this scene between Mistress Quickly and Falstaff in The Merry Wives of Windsors. Its charms are more subtle than the more obvious favourites, but it has enormous charm. In my view, more generally, The Merry Wives of Windsor is one of Shakespeare’s more under-rated plays. The context is as follows. Falstaff is broke, and is desparate for money. He decides to write love letters …Read More

Merry Wives of Windsor: Falstaff soliloquy (to Brook) in A3S5

In this scene, Falstaff tells Brook (Master Ford in disguise) how he was very nearly caught by Master Ford, trying to seduce Mistress Page. Luckily for him, Mistresses Ford and Page, hid him in a buckbasket (a laundry basket) and two servants took him in the buckbasket and threw him and the dirty clothes into the Thames. Of course, the scene is much funnier when Brook is present desparately hiding …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

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