Ben Crystal

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Ben Crystal
Born 1977
Ascot, United Kingdom
Occupation Actor, author, producer
Nationality British

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

Background and career[edit]

The son of linguist David Crystal, Ben was born in Ascot, Berkshire 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 from 1998 to 1999. After leaving drama school he studied methods from the theatre companies Complicite and Frantic Assembly, particularly under Annabel Arden and Monika Pagneux.[citation needed]

In 1999 he began to write Shakespeare's Words: A Glossary and Language Companion with his father. In 2003 he acted in the BBC1 drama series Holby City, and in 2006 appeared in the summer season at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre.[citation needed]

Since the publication of Shakespeare on Toast: Getting a Taste for the Bard, he has given workshops and talks on Shakespeare literature festivals at the Hay Festival of Literature and Arts, the Edinburgh International Book Festival, the Oxford Literary Festival, Dartington's Ways With Words Festival, and the Cheltenham Literature Festival.[1]

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


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