Secret Project: Shakespeare Screenplays
Over the last few years, I’ve been working on a project that’s kind of a secret.
I’ve been reformatting all of Shakespeare’s plays into screenplay format from folio format.
The first ones are up. And my Pros get them free.
They are right here:
Every couple of weeks or months, there will be a new one available, depending upon my time availability.
Why am I doing this?
Mostly because I wanted Rehearsal users to be able to study and perform Shakespeare, while taking advantage of the processes for learning your lines and exploring your character that Rehearsal offers.
And there are few plays that have more lines to memorize than does Shakespeare.
Each of them are handcrafted – this isn’t me doing some sort of mass import and automatic formatting. I’m going page by page, making sure that every detail is maintained.
And when I’m finished with each one, they’ll be available at the link above. All 37 will be available, as well as a complete archive.
The first ones up are ready for your perusal (and if you’re a Pro, you get them all for free!). Examples:
- A Midsummer Night’s Dream
- All’s Well That Ends Well
- Antony and Cleopatra
- As You Like It
- Love’s Labour’s Lost
- King Lear
- Measure for Measure
- The Comedy of Errors
4 12 19 27 33 of the 37 done, and am working on the rest.
What’s the advantage of using this version of the play as opposed to the folio?
Well, you could slog through Shakespeare with this:
Or you can work smarter and faster with this:
- Industry standard PDF – no more printing web pages
Courier 12 font– simple and easy to read
- Single line spacing – the TV drama spacing standard
- Line numbers intact – find where you are in the script easily
- Aligned role names – find your lines in a snap
- BBC/USA standard line blocks – familiar and easy to read
- (MORE)…(cont.) notations – perfect for long speeches
- Page numbers upper right – right where you expect them
- Print or electronic use – use on paper or on screen
- Inexpensive – $4.99 each, $149.99 for all 37 scripts (a 20% discount!)
All of these scripts work perfectly with the most popular and effective app for learning lines and rehearsing scenes, Rehearsal® Pro.
And, as usual, if you’re a member of the VO2GoGo Pro group, you get them for free. Pop them in your cart, and use the same Pro-only coupon you use when you reserve your seat in class.
(Not a member of the Pro group yet? You can join here – you get a lot of bang for your buck.)
I hope you like what you see, and I hope they help you if you’re in a Shakespeare production – and I look forward to your comments below.
Hope this helps.
What a great demjonstration of your consistenly top level professionalism and magnanimity. Such a great service!
THIS! Is awesome. Brilliant.
This is fantastic. And amazingly helpful. Thank you, David!
This is such a brilliant project. I’ve dabbled in television and film — but I’m first and foremost a theatre professional, with an affinity for [and training in] classics. And too much of the time, industry “hopefuls” jump into the industry with no exposure to them. Gone are the days when “if you wanted to be in the industry you went to school” where you got acquainted with the literature, styles of performance, and so on, of “the ongoing theatre which coincidentally ‘has gone before’. Too often people just jump in — and then the battle-cry becomes ” … but teach me how to act. And teach me what is a script … and teach me … and teach me …”
Which is all well and good. But if you’re pretty and you have a pretty headshot and you’ve eschewed all training “because you have a pretty headshot” — well, training is not a mystery. And the history of the literature on which we keep building the performing arts is not a mystery. BUT … maybe putting this literature “out there” in a form younger and aspiring performers will recognize will connect with some “of same”. So I have to say “I’d rather you got training before you ‘jump in’ — but if you can’t, at least there are resources like this, giving you some of the great literatures of performing arts — which I promise you DO echo down into our current moment.
And maybe this is how we can make sure the literary forms survive. It’s sad even to type that — but I get it. A lot of folks won’t have the training as performers which will have required them to study these pieces. So — please, young actors, download every syllable of this you can. Then STUDY every syllable of it. Yes, you may never use it. But it is going to be nothing but “to your good” to learn the literature. And “learning the literature” is not going to hurt you. I promise. Here’s where the great character conflicts of all literatures — and also the great empowerments of all literatures – coincide.
There’s a lot from which we can grow here.
Thank you, David! This is a valuable resource for anyone who loves The Bard! I get eye strain when I read from my Yale Complete Works because I am of a certain age and the print and spacing is soooo small! Plus, I won’t have to lug that 20 pound tome around. I’m looking forward to having them all at a touch on my RehearsalPro app! yay!