Ben Crystal

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Ben Crystal
Ascot, United Kingdom
OccupationActor, author, producer

Ben Crystal (born 1977) is an English actor, author, and producer, best known for his work on performing and promoting William Shakespeare using original practices, especially original pronunciation.

Background and career[edit]

Crystal was born in Ascot, Berkshire, the son of linguist David Crystal,[1] and grew up in Wokingham and Holyhead, North Wales. He studied English and linguistics at Lancaster University between 1995 and 1998, before training as an actor.

His acting career included an appearance in the 2006 summer season at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre.

Crystal's book Shakespeare on Toast: Getting a Taste for the Bard, was published in 2008. He has also co-written several books with his father including Shakespeare's Words: A Glossary and Language Companion and The Oxford Illustrated Dictionary of Shakespeare, the latter being shortlisted for the Educational Writer of the Year Award in 2016.

In 2014 he and his theatre company (Passion in Practice) were awarded one of the inaugural Owle Schreame Awards for innovation in historical theatre for their work on Original Shakespearean Pronunciation in performance.[2]


  1. ^ "About". ben crystal.
  2. ^ Loxton, Howard The Owle Schreame Awards for Innovation in Classical Theatre: Passion in Practice, "British Theatre Guide", 19 September (2014)

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