Who’s afraid of William Shakespeare? Just about everyone. He wrote too much and what he wrote is inaccessible and elitist. Right?

Wrong. Shakespeare on Toast knocks the stuffing from the staid old myth of Shakespeare, revealing the man and his plays for what they really are: modern, thrilling, uplifting drama.

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The colourful words and vibrant world of the world’s greatest hack writer are brought brilliantly to life by actor Ben Crystal. Sweeping cobwebs from the Bard – his language, his life, his world – Crystal reveals man and work as relevant, accessible, alive.

This is a book for everyone, whether you’re studying Shakespeare for the first time or you’ve never set foot near one of his plays, but have always wanted to. It smashes down the walls that have been built up around him, that have turned Shakespeare into an untouchable literary figure. Shakespeare, Crystal reminds us, invented popular culture.

Told in five fascinating Acts, this is quick, easy and good for you.


Ben Crystal
Ben Crystal is an actor and writer. He studied English Language and Linguistics at Lancaster University, before training as an actor.

He has worked in tv, film and theatre, including the 2006 season at Shakespeare’s Globe, and is a narrator for RNIB Talking Books, Channel 4 and the BBC. Clips of Ben’s acting and narration work can be seen and heard at his main website, www.bencrystal.com

He co-wrote Shakespeare’s Words (Penguin 2002) and The Shakespeare Miscellany (Penguin 2005) with his father, David Crystal, and his new series of introductions to the plays, Springboard Shakespeare, was published by Bloomsbury in June 2013.

He regularly gives workshops on performing and speaking Shakespeare via his ensemble, Passion in Practice.

He lives in London and Tweets via @bencrystal


Meet the Author
The video below was made for the Meet The Author website. In it, Ben talks about exactly why Shakespeare on Toast is so different from all the other books on Shakespeare out there…