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Hamlet and Ophelia fight (A3S1)

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.

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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).

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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:

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
  • Get 6 – 12 friends around and read one of the Shakespeare plays choosing from those available at MFFEV5

If you want to understand better how our MFFEV5 CloudReader scripts work, read:

Enjoy,

The Director,
Players-Shakespeare.com
Don’t forget – for feedback on the MFFEV5, post on Players-Shakespeare.com’s Facebook page,
and ‘like’ that page to keep up-to-date with what’s going on.

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