10 great GALAXY S4 and Note 8.0 apps for the theatre lover

The play's the thing – so make sure you don't miss it!

Writing plays 

Fade In Mobile S4 and GALAXY S4
Screen-writing is a cinch with Fade In Mobile

6. Fade In Mobile

£3.11 - buy it here

Fancy not just reviewing plays, but writing your own? Then screenplay editor app Fade In Mobile may well be what you need. Specifically designed for touch interfaces, it lets you add standard script styles and has automatic script formatting as you type. It also helps out with character and location names.

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If you have a Dropbox account you can back up your masterpiece to that so you can work across multiple devices. The one downside is that it will only save your work as .fadein files, so they can only be opened within the app or the Fade In desktop application. 

There is also a free version which only lets you work on one project at a time, which is a good way to test whether it's worth splashing out for the full app. 

MyScreenplays Pro
Caption: Write your own play with MyScreenplays

7. MyScreenplays Pro 

£1.94 - buy it here

MyScreenplays is another screen-writing app which is slightly simpler (and cheaper) than Fade In Mobile, with the bonus that you can export your work into various file formats – PDF, HTML or Word document – and you can also back it up to Google Drive.

This is a non-linear writing app, allowing you to rearrange plot elements (dialogues, actions and sequences) by clicking on arrows to move them around. It also autoformats the text into screenplay format and auto-completes character names as you type. 

There is a free version to try before you buy, too. 

Working in theatre

The Stage on the S4 and Note 8 0
Find your dream theatre job with The Stage

8. The Stage Jobs & Auditions 

£1.79 - buy it here

Any aspiring theatre writer, director or performer should always be keeping an eye on what jobs are available within their sphere of interest. The Stage has been providing job listings for those keen to get involved with the arts since 1880, so if anyone can find you your dream theatre job, it's this title. 

Don't want to pay? The GALAXY S4 and Note 8.0's generous screen sizes makes browsing The Stage's website a pleasure, and it gives you access to the same job information the app has for free.

Reading or listening to plays

Listen to drama on the move with BBC iPlayer Radio
Listen to drama on the move with BBC iPlayer Radio

9. BBC iPlayer Radio 

Free - get it here

Of course, you don't need to go to the theatre to experience a play. The regular play slots on BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4 provide a wide variety of free performances, and the dedicated BBC Radio iPlayer makes finding them and listening to them on the move a breeze. 

Just click on the "Drama" category to see a list of all the plays available for you to stream to your GALAXY device. If you are worried about the data costs of streaming radio to your phone or tablet on the move, some shows are included in downloadable podcasts, which you can keep stored on the GALAXY S4 or Note 8.0 to listen to later.

Shakespeare Complete Works app S4 and Note 8 0
Read Shakespeare for free with the Shakespeare Complete Works app

10. Shakespeare Complete Works 

Free - get it here

If you're not in the mood for watching or listening, how about just reading a play? And what better place to start than with William Shakespeare? As all the plays are out of copyright, there are numerous places where you can download the complete works of Shakespeare onto your GALAXY S4 or Note 8.0 to read at your leisure. 

One of these is the Shakespeare Complete Works app, which lets you access (almost) all of his plays and sonnets for free. It includes Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, King Lear, Othello, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Merchant of Venice, Henry IV, Henry V, Henry VI, Richard II and Richard III. 

You can also read 40 of Shakespeare's plays and all 154 sonnets for free on this Shakespeare (Beta) app. Google Play Books also has a lot of older out-of-copyright plays from the likes of Shakespeare, Francis Bacon and Molière – all for free.