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English language texts in period speech

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The better the day, the better the deed, as Shakespeare didn’t say. But for everything he did say Ben amd I are thrilled to announce that we’ve reached the end of a 6-month development phase and can launch the 3.0 version of Shakespeare’s Words. It doesn’t yet have an OP dimension, but we now have the technology to add that in due course.

We’ve received many suggestions for new features over the past decade, and all are now implemented in the new edition of the site. These include:

The site now runs up to ten times faster than before.
All texts are shown in a First Folio or Quarto edition alongside the modern text.
All Folio & Quarto spellings of words are now in the Glossary.
The Circles showing the relationships between characters are now interactive: click on a name to see that character’s part in the play.
We’ve rebuilt the search engine, and added auto-completion functionality for word-search and character-search – start typing a word…
You can now search for words used by individual characters and in individual plays or poems.
With rebuilt advanced search function, it’s easy to see if a particular word is being used nearby your search word.
And most importantly, the site is now mobile-adaptive, so people can explore it on their cell-phone or tablet. Shakespeare’s Words is now pocket-sized!

In order to meet the substantial costs incurred in developing this new site we’ve introduced a ticketing model: after a limited free exploration, those who wish to carry on using the site can purchase access for a day, a month, a year, or a decade. As before, once running costs are covered, we intend to make donations to theatre companies that receive no public subscription.

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Hamlet, Directed by Robert Gander, University of Nevada, November 2011.

St Paul’s Cross, digital recreation of a day’s worship, including a John Donne sermon, directed by John Wall, 2011-12.

Shakespeare’s Original Pronunciation, British Library CD, March 2012.

Scenes from Shakespeare in OP, youth project at the King’s Theatre, Southsea, UK, directed by David Barrett, May 2012.

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Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare’s Globe, directed by Tim Carroll, 25-7 June 2004

Troilus and Cressida, Shakespeare’s Globe, directed by Giles Block, Wednesdays 24 August – 28 September 2005

As I Pronounced It To You: Shakespeare as it Originally Sounded, extracts directed by Alex Torra, 14 August 200, Playwright Tavern, New York

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, University of Kansas, directed by Paul Meier, 11-21 November 2010

Shakespeare in Clark Park, extracts directed by Alex Torra, Plays and Players Theatre, Philadelphia, 2 May 2011

William Byrd’s Great Service, recorded by Musica Contexta, May 2011

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