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Let’s Explore: Polonius the state councillor – and father

If you haven’t tried out our  techniques of using ‘Parts and Cues’ and ‘Highlit Text’ to explore a Shakespeare character, then you’ll find it helpful to read the detailed explanation we give for the character Hamlet (click on Let’s Explore Hamlet). . You can explore any Shakespearean character in a play  published by Players-Shakespeare.com in a similar way. Here we help you explore Polonius, the state councillor, the king’s right-hand man, and …Read More

Let’s Explore Gertrude – the Queen

If you haven’t tried out our  techniques of using ‘Parts and Cues’ and ‘Highlit Text’ to explore a Shakespeare character, then you’ll find it helpful to read the detailed explanation we give for the character Hamlet (click on Let’s Explore Hamlet). . You can explore any Shakespearean character in a play  published by Players-Shakespeare.com in a similar way. Here we help you explore Gertrude, Hamlet’s mother, and the Queen. . What …Read More

Let’s Explore Hamlet with Parts and Cues and Highlit Text

In this post, I want to show you how you can use Parts and Cues and Highlit Text to explore a character in a Shakespeare play, and the character we’re going to explore is Hamlet himself. If you get familiar with this example, you’ll be able to explore any character in any of the plays we’ve published. . We ‘re going to start that exploration in ‘Parts and Cues’ mode for …Read More

Playreading Report: Hamlet, Edinburgh, 15th Jan 2017

We ran what I thought was our best play-reading ever on Sunday, 15th January, using our newly-published edition of Hamlet. There were eight of us, which is probably the perfect number for the type of play-reading we run. This review will cover both how the play-reading went, and how the technology worked. I’ll start with the play-reading – the important stuff – and then update you on the technology.   …Read More

Hamlet is published today in our new format

Today we’re pleased to  publish Hamlet in our latest format. “So what”, I hear you cry, “Aren’t there enough editions of Hamlet already? So what’s new in your edition?” We think this version of Hamlet let’s you do a number of things which were very difficult to do before: You can run a play-reading of Hamlet for 6 to 8 playreaders where each reader will be kept busy throughout the playreading. …Read More

How to playread Hamlet

Scroll down this page to get to the YouTube video. Press the right-arrow to start the video. Click on full-screen icon in bottom right-hand-corner. It was exciting to see how you responded to our launch of e-reader downloads for Apple, Android, Amazon, and Windows last week (see 2017 is here and play-reading is getting easier if you haven’t caught up with that). However, we don’t seem to have done a good …Read More

Hamlet ‘Round-robin’ play-reading for 2 – 4 readers

If you can only get a few people (2 -4)  together to do a play-reading, probably the most practical way of reading the play is to read it ‘rouond-robin’.   In other words, each player reads a speech in turn. The first reader reads the first speech; then the next speaker in a clockwise direction reads the next speech; and so on until all the speakers have read, and then …Read More

Hamlet – Original Cast list for 16 players

This cast list shows the original cast list for Hamlet, as it was first performed. It is based on the original cast list in T.J. King’s Casting Shakespeare’s Plays.   To read your part  on the Internet, click on your Player No. below: Player 1: (Hamlet) Player 2: (King) Player3: (Polonius, Clown) Player4: (Horatio) Player5: (Laertes, Player_King, Player) Player6:  (Rosencrantz, Osric) Player7: (Ghost, Fortinbras, Gentlemen) Player8:  (Marcellus, Lucianus) Player9: (Guildenstern, Bernardo) Player 10: (Queen) Player 11: (Ophelia) Player12: (Player_Queen) Player13: (Messenger, Voltemand, Other [clown], Player_Prolog) Player14: (Francisco, …Read More

Hamlet – Characters (speaking parts only)

AMBASSADOR The English Ambassador, come to tell the King in A5S2 that Rosencranz and Guildenstern have been executed. BARNARDO A Sentinel, and friend(?) of Hamlet CAPTAIN A Norwegian army captain, tells Hamlet what the army are doing in A4S4 CLOWN The grave-digger in A5S1 FORTINBRAS A Norwegian aristocrat with ambitions for the Danish crown FRANCISCO A Sentinel. GENTLEMEN Mourners at Ophelia’s funeral. GHOST The ghost of Hamlet’s father. Seen by …Read More

Introduction to the Play Hamlet

“Let me entreat, and beseech, and adjure, and implore you not to write an essay on Hamlet. In the catalogue of a library which is very dear to me, there are about four hundred titles of separate editions, essays, commentaries, lectures, and criticisms of this sole tragedy, and I know that this is only the vanguard of the coming years.” Horace Howard Furness, 1833 – 1912 By the 1990s the …Read More

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