Category Archive: Audio/Video

    Video clips from the Poland Talks…

    From the series of talks I gave last week for Macmillan Poland

    Discussing the difference between performing Shakespeare in RP vs OP (Shakespeare’s accent); then performing Sonnet 116 in RP, and OP; and then reading from the opening chapter of Toast, Schwarzengger’s Hamlet

    OP at Shakespeare’s Globe for OU

    Spent a fine morning being filmed running around the Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre with Dad: he explaining the origins of the Original Pronunciation experiments, me acting some examples.

    Performed excerpts from Henry V, Romeo & Juliet, As You Like It, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and all of Sonnet 116 – which sounds SO different in Shakespeare’s accent – then were interviewed about our work together.

    All for an Open University film. Lovely to work with Dad again. Lovely to be back in that terrific space.

    Now to Poland to give a series of Shakespeare talks, Ash Cloud permitting… (has it really been capitalised?)

    BBC Blast – Othello Retold

    A clip from BBC Blast’s film about the Hip-Hop Shakespeare Company’s production of Othello Retold, which I worked on last year…

    BBC Blast – Othello Retold

    The workshop as part of Akala’s HipHop Shakespeare Company Othello Retold project with BBC Blast can now be seen on the BBC iPlayer

    And my father, David Crystal, has written a blog-post about it, so touched was he by one of the sequences…

    TV & Radio

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    CNN Clip, April 2009
    I was asked to appear on CNN for Shakespeare’s 445th birthday… Here’s the clip:

    Meet The Author, 2008
    The video below was made for the Meet The Author website. In it, I talk about exactly why Shakespeare on Toast is so different from all the other books on Shakespeare out there…

    Richard & Judy, 2005
    Okay, so I just dug this out, a video clip of when I was asked onto C4’s Richard & Judy chat-show, to talk about a copy of the 1623 First Folio that’d been found in an attic… Enjoy!


    Click the links to listen to the interviews…

    Interview with Libby Purves on BBC Radio 4’s Midweek, from June 10th, 2009

    Interview with Ian McMillan on BBC Radio 3’s The Verb, from 19th June, 2009
    – talking in & about Original Pronunciation – Shakespeare’s accent…

    Interview with Phil Rickman on BBC Radio Wales, from December 7th, 2008 — recorded at the Hay Winter Weekend, Shakespeare on Toast “breaks new ground” says Phil, while I explain just why Shakespeare’s poetry is so interesting and so misunderstood…

    Interview with Trisha Goddard on CityTalk FM, from September 14th 2008 — talking about whether Shakespeare is still relevant…

    Interview with Muthamma Prasad for her BookClub show on PhoenixFM, from October 24th 2008 — talking about my favourite books, reading experiences, and of course, Shakespeare

    Recent Appearances

    1st, BBC Asian Network, Nikki Bedi

    3rd, RTE, Morning Show, Tom Dunne

    5th, BBC Radio Kent, Pat Marsh Show

    6th, BBC Radio London, JoAnne Good

    8th, BBC Radio Shropshire, Clare Ashford

    8th, BBC Radio Wales, Roy Noble

    10th, BBC Radio Leith

    11th, Radio Mediterraneo FM, Hannah Murray

    14th, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

    14th, CityTalk FM, Trisha Goddard

    30th, BBC Radio Cambridge, Sue Dougan

    24th, Phoenix FM, Muthamma Prasad’s Bookclub

    20th, BBC Radio 5 Live, Dotun Adebayo

    15th, BBC Radio 5, Up All Night with Dotun Adebayo

    23rd, CNN, Around the World with Becky Anderson

    10th, 9am BBC Radio 4, Midweek with Libby Purves
    11th, 10am BBC Radio Bristol, Graham Torrington’s show
    19th, 9.15pm BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 3’s The Verb, with Ian McMillan

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    BBC Radio 3 – Listen to the interview here…

    The interview clip from last week’s The Verb on BBC Radio 3, where I talked in & about Original Pronunciation – Shakespeare’s accent – with Ian McMillan is now up.

    Listen here…!

    BBC Radio 3 – tonight!

    I’ll be speaking about Shakespeare’s accent, and giving a few blasts of Original Pronunciation, tonight on BBC Radio 3‘s The Verb, at 9.15pm…

    Guests include the poets Caroline Bird, Laura Dockrill aka Dockers MC, Jen Hadfield and the musician Leafcutter John…

    Tune in if you can…

    BBC Radio Somerset & BBC Radio 3

    Two radio interviews over the next two days…

    Tomorrow (18th June, 11.05am) I’m catching up with BBC Radio Somerset‘s Elise Rayner, after last week’s wonderful bookshop event at Brendan Books

    And then on 19th June, 9.15pm, I’ll be on BBC Radio 3‘s The Verb, with Ian McMillan, talking in & about the accent Shakespeare spoke in, Original Pronunciation, ahead of next week’s talk at the Globe

    Tune in, if you can…

    Brendan Books, Somerset – AND BBC Radio Bristol – Thurs 11th June

    Speaking tomorrow at Brendan Books (shortlisted for the Independent Bookshop of the Year) at 7pm:

    Ben has been described at the “Jamie Oliver of Shakespeare” and will be covering facts about Shakespeare’s language, examples of how Shakespeare would have sounded in his day…

    …says the Somerset County Gazette, and indeed I will…

    Also, ahead of the talk I’ll be on Graham Torrington’s show on BBC Radio Bristol at 10am…

    Tune in and turn up, if you can…!

    Listen to my interview on BBC Radio 4′s Midweek with Libby Purves

    Click the link below to listen…

    BBC Radio 4 Midweek, With Libby Purves