This page helps you to move among the various scenes in a Shakespeare play. As an example we’re using our One Hour Romeo and Juliet edition. Here’s what you see when you ask to see the first scene (The Prologue) of the script for that play:
The most important part of this window is the text of the play. Often the text of the scene will be larger than the size of the window, and you will have to scroll the window down to see the hidden text.
Above and below the text of the scene, there’s an Act and Screen set of buttons which you can use to see other scenes in the play. These buttons are labelled ‘A?S?’ where the question marks are replaced by the Act and Scene in the play that you want to see. Just press on one of these buttons, and you’ll be taken to the text for that scene.
Often, when play-reading, you’ll start at the beginning of the play and read through to the end of it. You will start at Act One Scene One, and scroll down to the bottom of the scene, reading as you go. When you get to the bottom of the scene, press or click on the next button to get to the next scene (or you can use the button labelled ‘>’).
As well as the text, and the Act ? Scene ? buttons, at the very top of the page, you will see a button labelled “One Hour Romeo and Juliet Index and Help”. If you click or press on that you’ll be taken away from the Script to the Index page for the play, where you can do other things, including coming back to the Script.
Reading a Shakespeare play on Players-Shakespeare.com needs you to move between the script page; the index page; and the cast list pages. It feels a bit strange at first, but you’ll soon get used to it.
Other points of interest:
You may know that our scripts can display the script in various formats (standard script; cue script format; and Highlight Text format). We recommend that you don’t change the script format on this page, but on the cast list pages. You’ll find them on the “One Hour Romeo and Juliet Index and Help” pages.
We hope these instructions will let you read the whole play moving from scene to scene. You can read the play on your own, or even better, join with a group of friends to play-read the play.
To go back to the script, press your ‘back button’. To go to the Index and Help page, press the button at the top or bottom of this page.