British Council 'Knowledge is GREAT' Lecture Series 2017

Wednesday 14 June 2017
British Council 'Knowledge is GREAT' Lecture Series proudly presents Ben Crystal

British Council proudly presents:

Shakespeare on Toast - and the Original Pronunciation

Featuring Ben Crystal

Part of the the British Council 'Knowledge is GREAT' Lecture Series

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This is less of a talk and more of a performance. Ben makes sense of Shakespeare by putting him back into context. Including an exploration of Elizabethan theatre and what a trip to a Shakespeare play in 1600 would be like, a master-class on the poetry style Shakespeare wrote in, and a look at Original Pronunciation (the accent Shakespeare would have spoken in).

This is relevant for all ages - younger people experiencing the Bard for the first time through to older audience members who love Shakespeare and want to learn something new...

What did Shakespeare's accent - and that of his actors and audience - sound like? What can we learn from hearing and speaking his works in that accent? And with no recordings or transcriptions available to us, how do we know?

Actor and author Ben Crystal (Shakespeare's Words, Shakespeare on Toast) explores the fascinating 400 year old sound of Shakespeare's plays and sonnets, Original Pronunciation, showing a world hidden beneath our modern accent readings full of rhyme, rhythm, and a very subtle humour. And a not-so-subtle one too.

Timings and Location:

The lecture will take place on Wednesday 14 June 2017. Registration will commence promptly at 18.00. The lecture will be held at the The Chamber Room, The Arts House, 1 Old Parliament Lane, Singapore 179429.

18.00 - Welcome and Registration

18.30 - Ben Crystal

19.15 - Question and Answer Session

19.35 - Networking Reception

20.30 - Event to close

Please note: Timings may vary.

All registrations are subject to availability. The Organiser however reserves the right to limit and/or refuse any registration without assigning any reason. We will confirm all valid registrations with a reminder email. If you do not receive a reminder email but have a valid registration please email us at education@britishcouncil.org.sg for confirmation before arriving at the venue.

About the Speaker



Ben was the co-writer of Shakespeare’s Words (Penguin 2002) and The Shakespeare Miscellany (Penguin 2005) with his father David Crystal. His first solo book, Shakespeare on Toast – Getting a Taste for the Bard (Icon 2008) was shortlisted for the 2010 Educational Writer of the Year Award. Springboard Shakespeare, a quartet series of introductions for Arden Shakespeare / Bloomsbury - was published June 2013 and An Illustrated Dictionary of Shakespeare was published April 2015 with OUP (writing again with his father).

In 2011 he performed the title role in the world contemporary premier of Hamlet in Original Pronunciation, and in 2012 he was the curator and creative director on a CD of Shakespeare in Original Pronunciation for the British Library.

He is the artistic director of Passion in Practice and its Shakespeare Ensemble. Together they have performed staged readings in OP of Macbeth, Henry V, and Dr Faustus at the Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare’s Globe, and produced cue-script rehearsed sold-out limited-runs of these plays at a Wanamaker-like Loft in London.

In 2015, they performed Pericles in OP at Daniel Harding’s Interplay Festival at the Berwaldhallen in Stockholm. Pericles: Recomposed was raised in three days, underscored by Max Richter’s Four Seasons: Recomposed, and played live by the Trondheim Soloists with violinist Daniel Hope.

In 2016, they performed Twelfth Night at the Middle Temple for the British Council Shakespeare Lives! programme, re-raised Pericles: Recomposed for the Savannah Music Festival, and curated the British Library Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday Night celebrations.

@bencrystal / bencrystal.com/ passioninpactice.com