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Review (*****): Trevor Nunn’s The Merchant of Venice

Trevor Nunn’s Merchant of Venice is available from: Amazon.co.uk as a DVD for £11.91 Amazon.com as a DVD for $18.93 Prices are indicative – check the actual price at the Vendors’ links above.   Our Bottom Line (*****): A superb production of The Merchant of Venice, with excellent performances from  Henry Goodman (Shylock); David Bamber (Antonio); Derbhle Crotty (Portia). There are no weak links in the rest of the cast. Trevor Nunn’s …Read More

A1S1: “Your mind is tossing on the ocean”

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Countdown to Playreading… T – 5: Watch our Video Readings and make your own

In your last ‘Countdown’ you explored a few scenes with some friends. (If you haven’t done that, do it now, before you move on to Video Readings). . So now you’ve read a few scenes with 2, 3, or 4 people. maybe it’s time to see a few video readings. We’ve published a few of these, to show that we don’t just tell you to read the scenes, but we …Read More

How to run a Shakespeare play-reading

We encourage people to run Shakespeare play-readings. From our own experience they can be enormous fun, and enrich your understanding of the play. . If you are thinking of running play-readings, we think you should use our MFFEV5 plays online. They’re based on around 10 years experience of running play-readings; they offer innovataive ways of exploring the plays, they’re  easy to run and read, and they’re free. . To run an …Read More

Shakespeare’s use of Blank Verse (The Merchant of Venice)

We’ve said that Shakespeare provides pointers  to an actor on how to play a speech. He does this in many ways, and in this post we’re going to focus on how he uses blank verse to provide such pointers. Of course the player can choose to ignore these pointers and say the speech as thought appropriate, but, it is at the very least, interesting to see what Shakespeare is suggesting. …Read More

Hamlet A3S2 ‘Speak the speech, I pray you…’

Hamlet (in A3S2) tells the newly-arrived Players how he wants them to act the speech which he has inserted into The Mousetrap to test whether Claudius feels guilty about Hamket’s father’s death. . Now it’s usually not usually safe to assume that Shakespeare feels personally the emotions that he puts into the speeches of his characters. Macbeth may be feeling complete despair when he comes to the ‘Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and …Read More

Playreading Report: Twelfth Night, Edinburgh, 7th May + Video Readings

  (You can find this play-reading report of  Twelfth Night, in the Index to the play.  Find the Articles, DVDs, Reviews, Resources section of the Index, and click on  ‘Playreading report: Edinburgh, 7th May 2017′.). 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 …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

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