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Shakespeare's Original Pronunciation (audio download)

Published Date:
March 2012
The British Library
Bibliographic Details:
Audio download (MP3s), running time: 75 minutes
William Shakespeare
Ben Crystal
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Speeches and scenes performed as Shakespeare would have heard them

Listen to Shakespeare being brought to life with this unique audio download of Shakespearean pronunciation; a must for anyone who has ever wondered how Shakespeare sounded to the audiences of his day. This download offers listeners the chance to hear England's greatest playwright performed by a company of actors using the pronunciation of his time. Under the guidance of Ben Crystal, actor, author of 'Shakespeare on Toast' and an expert in original Shakespearian pronunciation, the company performs some of Shakespeare's best-known poems, solo speeches and scenes from the plays. Hear new meanings uncovered, new jokes revealed, poetic effects enhanced.

Also available as an audio CD.

Listen to extracts from tracks using Windows Media Player
As You Like It, From Act 2, Jaques: spoken by Colin Hurley

Othello: From Act 4 Desdemona (Natalie Thomas) and Emilia (Joan Walker)

Macbeth: From Act 2, Macbeth: spoken by Colin Hurley

An essential purchase for every student and lover of Shakespeare.

Which devices can I play this audio download on?
Our audio downloads are provided as MP3 files. This format is highly compatible and files can be played on Macs, PCS, a range of mobile devices, MP3 players as well as iPods.

Track listing
1. Sonnet 116 (in modern English)
2. Sonnet 116 (in original pronunciation)
3. Sonnet 18
4. Sonnet 71
5. Sonnet 154
6. A Midsummer Night’s Dream (from Act 3)
7. As You Like It (from Act 2)
8. Hamlet (from Act 3)
9. Henry V (from Act 3)
10. Macbeth (from Act 2)
11. Richard II (from Act 5)
12. The Winter’s Tale (from Act 3)
13. As You Like It (from Act 2)
14. The Merchant of Venice (from Act 4)
15. The Two Gentlemen of Verona (from Act 4)
16. Richard III (from Act 4)
17. Richard III (from Act 1)
18. The Tempest (from Act 5)
19. Twelfth Night (from Act 2)
20. The Comedy of Errors (from Act 3)
21. Romeo and Juliet (from Act 2)
22. Much Ado about Nothing (from Act 4)
23. Julius Caesar (from Act 3)
24. Twelfth Night (from Act 3)
25. Hamlet (from Act 2)
26. Othello (from Act 4)
27. King Lear (from Act 1)
28. Macbeth (from Act 2)

Narrated by Narrated by Ben Crystal, Philip Bird, Rebecca Pownell, Natalie Thomas, Benjamin O'Mahony, Matthew Mellalieu, Colin Hurley and others.

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