Choose a play to read
Read Shakespeare aloud.
Choose a play and the number of people who are reading. Playerpart assigns characters from the play to each participant (or Player), trying to give everyone about the same number of lines to read. Sometimes, you get a scene where you have to read lines for two characters who are talking to each other: we call these "conflicts". Playerpart tries to minimise the number of times this happens.
Once the play and number of players is set, Playerpart shows how which characters have been allocated to each Player. It then gives each Player a copy of the script with their lines highlighted.
The more Players you have, the fewer conflicts will occur in the play-reading.
Here are the parts for the players
Each part shows which characters' lines the player will read.
Assign a Player to each participant. They can then click on the Player icon ( ) for the full text with their lines highlighted. Alternatively you can open a new tab or copy a direct link to a play and part by clicking the link icon ( )
Shown next to each character is the number of lines that character has, and the number of times the Player has to read lines to him- or herself (conflicts).
Here is the play
with your lines highlighted
As you read through the play, lines belonging to your characters are highlighted in yellow.
This is the Folger Shakespeare Library edition of the play, from folger.edu
Playerpart was created by Sam Ryan and Hamish Tocher.
An algorithm written in C generates the best possible allocation of parts, aiming to keep part sizes even and minimise situations in which players have to read lines to themseves.
Our Shakespeare Club is based in Auckland, New Zealand, and is slowly making its way through all the plays.
Playerpart uses the Folger Shakespeare Library edition of the plays, with the kind permission of the Folger Library. The photographs on this website are from Dame Ngaio Marsh's Canterbury University productions of Shakespeare's plays, dating from the nineteen-forties and -fifties. They are used with the kind permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library.
Below are the original images and descriptions from the Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand: