There’s been a fair bit of press attention for Toast so I’ve created the following pages to help keep track…

Reviews can be found here.

Clips of TV & Radio Interviews can be found here.

***Click here to listen to me being interviewed on BBC Radio 4’s Midweek, with Libby Purves – recorded 10th June, 2009***

***or here for the interview on BBC Radio 3’s The Verb, with Ian McMillan – recorded 19th June, 2009***

Interview with‘s Lee Jamieson

Ben Crystal is the author of Shakespeare on Toast (published by Icon Books), a new book that dispels the myth that Shakespeare is difficult. Here, he shares his thoughts about performing Shakespeare and reveals his top tips for first-time actors. Is performing Shakespeare difficult?

Ben Crystal: Well, yes … [Continue Reading Interview…]

Top Ten Books for The Book

Ben says:

 “I am approaching this from a Desert Island point of view, in that it is an impossible task to bring your favourite books down to a mere 10, much like that terrible equally impossible question, ‘What is your favourite film?’ How can you answer?

Ben’s Chosen Ten Books Include:

Neuromancer by William Gibson
Death and the Penguin
by Andrey Kurkov
Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
Sombrero Fallout by Richard Brautigan…..  [Continue Reading Interview…]

Ben at the back with, from left, Samantha Cregan, 15, Charlene George, 15 and Shane Dickens, 13

South London Press

KIDS at a special school were treated to a visit by an actor and author attempting to serve up Shakespeare on toast.

Ben Crystal is on a mission to help people of all ages engage and understand one of this country’s writing greats.   [Continue Reading Interview…]

Ben Crystal by Scott Wishart

Angel & North Interview

Sitting outside a café just off Old Street, Ben Crystal is interrupted every 30 seconds or so by a panoply of cars revving, motorbikes speeding and trucks beeping deafeningly as they reverse. Nothing, however, seems able to dispel Ben’s jubilant mood. He has a play, One Minute (at the time of writing taking place at N1’s Courtyard Theatre), on the go that he’s both producing and acting in, and a new book, Shakespeare on Toast, coming out.

The latter is his first book to be written solo, following the success of two other tomes on the Bard co-written with his father, David. As it turns out, the press night of his play and the publication of the book clash spectacularly, falling on exactly the same day. One must surely be enough, so is he close to breaking point?

“It’s the most exciting thing in the world!” he exclaims to a surprised interviewer. “It’s all kicking off. Sometimes I feel like this is the day I’ve been working towards for the last ten years.”   [Continue Reading Interview…]