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Explore #Shakespeare ‘s plays on your iPhone, etc

We’re excited to announce an update to our Shakespeare Edition which allows you to explore his plays much more easily on a smartphone (tested on iPhone and iPad; and should work, probably more slowly, on Android and Amazon Fire).


We’ve simplified the interface for the smaller screen of  mobile phones. This makes it significantly easier to use.


The new interface is also available on tablets and laptops, and simplifies access for those users as well.


We have now published twelve of the more popular plays in the canon. You’ll find links to those plays below, and you can clickthrough to the actual play by clicking on any of those links:


A Midsummer Night’s Dream


As You Like It




Henry IV Part I


Julius Caesar




The Merchant of Venice


The Merry Wives of Windsor




Romeo and Juliet


The Tempest


Twelfth Night


Each play appears in its own, and doesn’t need you to explore the rest of Players-Shakespeare.com (though we hope you will from time to time).


It is relatively simple to convert other plays to this format, so we will be publishing more plays in this format in 2018. As new plays are converted to our new format, they will be highlighted in green on our home page (see Players-Shakespeare.com https://players-shakespeare.com/ ).


However, although we think that the new interface is probably the smartest idea since digital watches, we’re not so sure you will agree with us. We’re particularly keen that you tell us what doesn’t work for you by leaving a Reply at the bottom of the ‘HELP with getting started’ page, which is published in each play index. (It would be nice to hear what’s good about the new version as well).


If you are excited by our new release, and are using, or thinking of using, Players-Shakespeare.com’s edition of Shakespeare’s plays for production rehearsals, play-readings, or study sessions, why don’t you ask to become a member of our Support for Playreading & Productions Closed FB group? We’ll be publishing more details of how to use the interface there.



If you want to know how our Shakespeare edition continues to develop,  ‘like’ our Facebook page, and you’ll get more detailed updates on Facebook on what’s happening.



To help you get started, we’re repeating the Help text from that ‘HELP with getiting started’ page, below.


HELP with getting started:



You will use three types of page to access the plays:



The play script page, which lets you read the play, and tailor the script to suit your  needs (Font size; cue script; Highlight text; cast list; etc)



The Index page, which provides links to pages that explore different aspects of the play.



The indexed pages let you: read articles about the play; explore a particular character; play a particular scene; watch video readings; select a cast list for a play-reading; get help; etc.



To access the play, you need to use the following actions:


Press on a button:

The ‘Index / Help’ button which takes you to the Index

The ‘Return to playname’  button which takes you to A1S1 of the script

The A?S? buttons on the script which takes you to that scene in the play.

The set-up botton (a gearwheel on the script) which lets you tailor the script.



Select an Index Entry:

Whilst you are on a Play Index, you can select an index entry by pressing on its title. Index entries are in a number of different sections:

Let’s Explore: which lets you explore characters in the play

Let’s Play: which lets you play scenes in the play with a few friends, each with their own smartphone.

Articles, DVDs, Reviews, Resources:

A variety of different types of article on material relating to the play.

Cast Lists:

A number of cast lists which let you read the play with some friends (usually 2 -12).


Help videos and articles which help you use the system and read Shakespeare better.

When you have finished reading an article, you press  your back button to get back to the index.



Use the back-button (sometimes more than once) to get back to the page you’ve just come from.



That’s it.



We do recommend that you play with the interface now, moving from the script, to the index, to the play-related material, and back to the script. It’s a fun way to explore the play!

Now select a link to the play you want to explore from the list below:


A Midsummer Night’s Dream




Henry IV Part I




Romeo and Juliet


The Tempest



Let’s Play,


Richard Forsyth
‘The Director’





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