The SCDA and Players-Shakespeare.com are pleased to provide SCDA members with access to a Shakespeare-related online resource – Players-Shakespeare.com.
This resource provides SCDA members with a number of possibilities:
- Download most of Shakespeare’s plays in Players-Shakespeare.com’s Modern First Folio Edition (MFFEV1) in a format for printing (PDF) with a licence to use the script for play-reading or production. The plays available can be found at: https://players-shakespeare.com/players-shakespeare-com-published-plays/
- Read the most popular of Shakespeare’s plays online as an individual, or as a group, with a number of interesting capabilities: support for cue scripts (or parts and cues); cast lists for reading the play with usually from 2 – 12 players; seeing the script in ‘Highlit Text’ format. The plays available in this format can be found at: https://players-shakespeare.com/. An online Help video, which shows you how to tailor the script for your needs is available at: https://players-shakespeare.com/help-video-1-how-to-access-a-play-and-tailor-it-to-meet-your-needs/
- Explore specific characters (e.g. Desdemona, Hamlet, Lady Macbeth, Macbeth, Othello, Prospero, etc) by reading their parts and soliloquies in Parts and Cues mode. All “Let’s Explore” items can be found at: https://players-shakespeare.com/category/letsplay/1player/. The characters to explore in a particular play can be found in the Let’s Explore section of the index to the play.
- Play specific scenes of a play with a small group of players using a mix of Parts and Cues and Highlight Text to explore the meaning of those scenes. The scenes available by number of players required (from 2 – 4 players, and more than 4, can be found in the Let’s Play menu. The “Let’s Play” scenes for each play can be found in the “Let’s Play” section of the index to the play.
- Extensive help with using the system can be found in a series of Help Videos available at: https://players-shakespeare.com/help-videos-for-players-shakespeare-com/. This includes help with running a Shakespeare play-reading group. (See https://players-shakespeare.com/how-to-run-a-play-reading/
- We also have a small (but growing) number of Shakespeare adaptations with scripts available for download and a licence which allows you to use them, for free, for play-reading or production. You can find these adaptations at: https://players-shakespeare.com/shakespeare-adaptations-for-play-reading-or-production/
We hope these facilites will encourage more community theatre groups to explore Shakespeare’s plays both as play-readings and productions.
If you are using, or thinking of using, Players-Shakespeare.com’s edition of Shakespeare’s plays for production rehearsals or play-reading, why don’t you ask to become a member of our Support for Playreading & Productions Closed FB group?
If you want to know how our Shakespeare edition is developing, ‘like’ our Facebook page, and you’ll get more detailed updates on Facebook on what’s happening.