If you can only get a few people (2 -6) 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 the first speaker speaks the next speech, and so on until you’ve read the play..
This way of reading the play means that no player reads particular characters, but you’ll still get a good feeling for what happens in the play.
If you’ve got enough people to use one of our cast lists ( for 7 or more players) you’ll probably find it more satisfactory, as each player is allocated a number of characters to read.
To run a round-robin play-reading of The Merchant of Venice, each player should click on the following link. When all the players have got to the script start reading:
- .The Merchant of Venice for round-robin reading (2 – 6 players)
Don’t forget, you can adjust the size of the script, or change the type of reading, by using the set-up options (click on the gear-wheel in the top right-hand corner of the script window).