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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Film and television
- Julian Wald in the movie "Uprising", directed by Jon Avnet and starring alongside stars such as Hank Azaria, Jon Voight and Donald Sutherland.
- The Bill : Mark Johnson (2001) – directed by Michael Owen Morris.
- Holby City: Ade Crowe (guest lead) (2003) – directed by Richard Platt
- Spring Awakening: Ernst Robel (2000) – directed by Andrew Harries (Bath Theatre Royal)
- Twelfth Night: Curio (2005) – directed by Patrick Mason (National Tour/Thelma Holt)
- Titus Andronicus: Alarbus (2006) – directed by Lucy Bailey (Shakespeare's Globe)
- The Comedy of Errors: Luce (2006) – directed by Christopher Luscombe (Shakespeare's Globe)
- Rough For Theatre 2: B / Ohio Impromptu: Reader (2007) – directed by Jonathon Heron (Fail Better)
- Caligula: Scipio (2007) – directed by Giles Gartrell-Mills (Talon Arts)
- One Minute: DC Robert Evans (2008) – directed by Robert Wolstenholme (shiningman)
- The Night Before Christmas: Simon Templer (2009) – directed by Robert Wolstenholme (Signal Theatre Company)
- King Lear: Edgar (2010) – directed by Daniel Winder (Iris Theatre Company)
- A Midsummer Night's Dream: Demetrius (2011) – directed by Daniel Winder (Iris Theatre Company)
- Hamlet: Hamlet (2011) – directed by Rob Gander (Nevada Repertory Company)
- Poole, Steven (31 January 2009). "Shakespeare on Toast review". London: Guardian newspaper.
- Loxton, Howard | The Owle Schreame Awards for Innovation in Classical Theatre: Passion in Practice, "British Theatre Guide", 19 September (2014)
- ""Uprising" video clip". Spotlight.
- "Holby City video clip". Spotlight.