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Interested in Original Pronunciation?

Why not see Macbeth performed in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse in OP as part of our Read Not Dead series.

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Shakespeare's Globe


10 & 17 July




Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeares Globe


£12 (£10 FoSG/Student)


+44 (0)20 7401 9919 

Ticket Office

In Person:
Monday - Saturday
10.00am - 6.00pm

10.00am - 5.00pm

Shakespeare's Globe,
21 New Globe Walk,
London SE1 9DT


Please note, late comers may not be admitted.

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Professor David Crystal OBE and Ben Crystal

In 2004, David Crystal was master of Pronunciation at the Globe and helped reconstruct the accent of Shakespeare’s day so that the Globe Theatre Company could present an acclaimed production of Romeo and Juliet in original pronunciation, or OP.  It was the first time the sound had been heard on a London stage for 400 years.

Since then, plays, poems and songs from Shakespeare’s time have been performed in theatres around the world in OP. Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Julius Caesar have already been presented in a “new-old sound”.

This series provides an opportunity to hear extracts from Shakespeare - and some of his contemporaries - as you’ve never heard them before, in the beautiful acoustic Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.

From play-extracts, sonnets, and songs to a Read Not Dead staged reading of Macbeth, the events will be presented by David Crystal, directed by Ben Crystal, curator of the British Library’s CD of Original Pronunciation, and the foremost developer of OP practice since the Globe’s first experiments a decade ago.


Original Pronunciation in Song

Thursday 17th July

Rhyme is a main source in re-discovering the accent of Shakespeare's time, leading us to an evening exploration of accent, song and live music, the qualities of Original Pronunciation when sung, in harmony with the controlled acoustics of the new Playhouse. David Crystal examines the songs and poems from Shakespeare, madrigals from his contemporaries, and poetry from both. The evening's songs and poetry will be staged by Ben Crystal, performed by members of his Ensemble. It will feature new scores by Sam Amidon and Hazel Askew, with live music examples from the Askew Sisters.




Above: Ben Crystal performs lines from Richard II in Original Pronunciation.


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Exploring Original Pronunciation