Let’s play the scene where Hamlet falls out with Ophelia, with Claudius (KING) and Polonius listening, but hidden, though Hamlet seems to be aware they’re somewhere nearby.
We need four players to play the scene, with Hamlet and Ophelia in Parts and Cues format, and Claudius and Polonius in Highlit Text (so that either of them can read their lines and also act as prompt).
Also, note that this playreading starts half-way through the scene, at Hamlet’s first speech, ‘To be or not to be’;
This makes Ophelia’s starting speech her second speech in the scene, cued by ‘my sins remembered’ and starting ‘Good my Lord’
King (Claudius) needs to scroll down through the scene until after Hamlet’s entrance
Polonius also needs to scroll down through the scene until after Hamlet’s entrance.
The four roles, with links to their scripts, are:
- Hamlet (Parts and Cues)
- Ophelia (Parts and Cues)
- King (Highlit text ) so he can prompt if necessary
- Polonius (Highlit text ) so he can prompt if necessary
When each player has clicked on the appropriate link, and got to his script, scroll down to the starting point, and play the scene until the end of the scene
Now you’ve read this scene, there’s a number of things you can do:
Read the scenes again and again, changing roles, until the speeches sound ‘just right’
Let us know how it went (the good and the bad) by posting on Players-Shakespeare.com’s Facebook page
Read the whole play by clicking on the following link: Hamlet
Choose another piece for 2, 3, 4, or more players to read from: Playreadings for 4 players
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