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Publication of The Merchant of Venice and other things

We ‘re very pleased to announce the publication of The Merchant of Venice in our MFFEV5 edition. We plan to play read it in October, after our planned play-reading of Macbeth. Before we get into the details on The Merchant of Venice, there’ s some other news regarding the web-site, and support for it.

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First, we ‘re excited to see that, in July, a few of you have started to play-read scenes from the plays. No full play-readings of a complete play yet, as far as we can see, but a few people trying out “Let’ s Play ” items for 1 or 2 players. This truly excitex us, because it’s what we most want to happen. We find paly-readidng monologues, scenes, or ta complete play, with a few friends is an enriching experience, and one we hope we can encourage you all to try. We hope some of you will join in with a play-reading in September of Macbeth, as outlined in our post:  Get started play-reading with Macbeth.

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Secondly, as we’ve already mentioned, traffic to the site has increased significantly over the last couple of months, and most of that increasee has come from smartphones. In July, smartphone traffic is around 60% of the total traffic to the site. We’re responding to this by trying to prove accessibility and performance for smartphones. Steps we’ve taken (and are still working to improve) include:

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we’re in the process of implementing AMP from Google, which improves performance on smartphones. All the Merchant of Venice material is, we think, amp-compatiblee. If you find any of it which seems slow on a smartphone, let us know on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/playersshakespeare/)
we are converting the smartphone version of our landing pages (e.g. Play-reading reports, etc)  to a format more suitable for smartphones.
we’ve started offering service support for the web-site on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/playersshakespeare/) so we don’t clutter up the web-site with support pages. We’ve put up a couple of posts already on the implementation of AMP.

And now, back to the launch of The Merchant of Venice.

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The publication of The Merchant of Venice
We’re very pleased to announce the publication of our MFFEV5 edition of The Merchant of Venice.

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We have published the complete script of the play, together with cast lists for 2 – 12 players. You can see these cast lists to the right of the script on laptops and most tablets, or after the script on smartphones and some tablets. So you can play read the play today, though we’ll be play-reading it in October.

As well as the cast lists, there’s also an Introduction to the play; the cast; and a cover photo of the page.

Over the coming month we’ll be adding ” Let ‘s Explore” and “Let’ s Play ” items so that you can get to know the play better before you playread it. To whet you’re appetitie, we’ve published one ” Let ‘s Paly” item which takes you through the first few speeches of Act One Scene Two. When you’ ve played them,

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In June / July ‘ 17  the number of people who have expressed interest in play-reading Shakespeare

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Let’s Explore Lady Macbeth for play-reading

We are surprised at the level of interest you ‘ve shown in play-reading. Our Facebook page now has more than 1,000 members (page likes & friends), and  in July, traffic to the web-site has doubled. Most of that comes from the US and UK, but interest is growing in Brazil, India, and the Philippines.

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We hope some of you will try out play-reaidng of Macbeth in September, but why wait till then. Let’ s start now by exploring the character of Lady Macbeth, and how she develops and

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