First, a very happy 448th birthday to Will… Your work never ceases to amaze. Well done. Take the rest of the day off.

Now! This coming Star Wars Day, I’ll be giving a talk at the British Library based on the CD of Shakespeare sonnets, speeches and scenes I curated for the BL.

Together with a fab line-up of actors, we’ll intercut the blah-blah-blah by performing speeches & scenes from Shakespeare in Original Pronunciation. Some will be from the CD, some won’t have been heard in OP for over 400 years… Come one, come all…!

For details of the event, and to purchase tickets, click here

How did Shakespeare sound to the audiences of the day?

Ben Crystal, together with actors from the company formed for the new British Library Shakespeare’s Original Pronunciation CD, offer us a rare chance to hear new meanings uncovered, new jokes revealed and poetic effects enhanced.


‘Shakespeare’s Original Pronunciation’ is currently available on CD & to Download here.

You can have a sneak preview to Sonnet 116, Macbeth, Romeo & Juliet here