The Winter’s Tale

    A blog: on directing Winter’s Tale, and taking Original Pronunciation into the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse




    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?)

    India, Shakespeare’s Globe, and Bath Lit Fest

    India was terrific, and many thanks indeed to the British Council, and all the wonderful actors I worked with in Kolkata and Pune.

    There’ll be videos uploaded soon of the workshops.

    Since I’ve been back, I’ve given a workshop to a terrific group of 120 students at Queen’s School in Chester, a talk to a terrific audience of the Fellows of the RSA last night at Shakespeare’s Globe, and am now gearing to give my new talk on Shakespeare: Love, Sex & Comedy at the Bath Literature Festival on the 28th February at 6.15pm.

    All this has meant the very popular London workshop, planned for the end of February, has had to be postponed. I’ve been in touch with those of you who had hoped to come, and there’ll be news of a rescheduled workshop up soon…

    Story of London Talk @ Shakespeare’s Globe – 6pm Mon 22nd June

    As part of the Story of London Festival, Dad and I will be giving a talk at Shakespeare’s Globe on Monday 22nd June at 6pm.

    The Sounds of the Streets and Stage in Shakespearean London:

    David and Ben Crystal take an entertaining look at how English was spoken in 1600 London. What was distinctive about the language, and how did the diversity of London at that time impact on evolution of language? This event will explore the slang, insults and accents of Shakespeare’s London.

    See The Story of London or Shakespeare’s Globe site for more…

    Upcoming Events…

    Gearing up for the launch of the paperback edition of Toast next week, here’s a look at where and when I’ll be in the coming weeks…

    27th May, 7pmInternational House, Covent Garden, London

    31st May, 9amHay-on-Wye Literary Festival – It may be early morning, but Toast will be served, and coffee will be provided by Cafedirect!

    4th June, 7pmNotting Hill Waterstones

    10th June, 9amBBC Radio 4, Midweek with Libby Purves

    11th June, 10amBBC Radio Bristol, Graham Torrington’s show

    11th June, 7pmBrendan Books, Old Brewery Buildings, Bath Place, Taunton, Somerset – Brendan Books was shortlisted for the Independent Bookshop Of The Year…

    18th June, 11.05amBBC Radio Somerset, with Elise Rayner

    19th June, 9.15pmBBC Radio 3, The Verb, with Ian McMillan

    22nd June, 6pmShakespeare’s Globe, Nancy Knowles Lecture Theatre, ‘Speaking English in Shakespearean London’ with David Crystal

    25th June, 7pmSchool of Life, Show and Tell with Damian Barr. Also with Laura Lockington and David Nicholls…

    15th July, 7.30pmWays With Words, Dartington Hall, Devon

    << See more at the Book Festivals Dates Page