Twelfth Night is a great play for a play-reading. There are around 10 principal roles, virtually any of which could be the star of a production, and there is not very much action (apart from the duel between Sir Andrew Aguecheek and Viola / Cesario), so play-reading works fine.
Players-Shakespeare.com provides playreading castings for 6 to 12 playreaders, and in our view, the play-reading is likely to go best, if you have 9 players, though castings from 7 through 11 will work well, and cast lists for 6 and 12 players will work.
For interest, we also provide a cast list for 21 players – the original, Early Modern English cast list for the play. This is it. If you can get 21 people into the same room, each with their own web browser, you can run this play-reading. Some of the players will have very small parts and may get rather bored.
Each player needs to select one of the following roles to play, and clicking on the link will take them to a script of the play which shows their role in Highlit Text (their lines are highlit in a colour; other speakers lines are shown in conventional black on white).
And you configure further castings yourself using MFFEV5 Cloud Reader Configuration window).
Now back to the casting for 21:-
After each player has beem allocated a role, they should click on the link for the appropriate Player No., which will take them to A1S1 of the play, with their role(s) highlit in colour, in the scenes in which they appear.
When everyone has selected their role, let the reading commence.
If you want to understand better how to use our MFFEV5 CloudReader, read:
- Preparing Malvolio for Performance using MFFEV5 CloudReader and Parts and Cues