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A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Noel Coward Theatre
16th November 2013

“Little Britain meets Shakespeare’s pot smoking fairies” is how my best mate described the show, and I would certainly agree with her.

You will already know the story of the four lovers, but here’s a reminder: Lysander loves Hermia and Hermia loves Lysander. Helena loves Demetrius; Demetrius used to love Helena but now loves Hermia. Confused? Things just get worse when the four venture into the mysterious forest and they become more liberated Athenians.» >

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“Speak the speech, I pray you, as I pronounc’d it to you” (Hamlet)

Actor Ben Crystal recently gave a talk at the University of Reading about his work on the original pronunciation of Shakespeare’s language.

Ben has been working on original pronunciation with his father David Crystal, a renowned linguist who was previously Head of the Linguistics Department at the University of Reading.

Original pronunciation is what the pair believes to be how we would have originally heard people talking in Shakespeare’s England.  Ben stressed that now: “original pronunciation is a dead accent.» >

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