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  • Date and time: Saturday 18 May 2019, 4.15pm to 5.30pm
  • Location: Bowland Auditorium, Berrick Saul Building, Campus West, University of York (Map)
  • Audience: Open to the public
  • Admission: Free admission, booking required

Event details

York International Shakespeare Festival

The guardian of English poetry, Shakespeare has given us a treasure trove of English to read—funny how so much of it doesn't make sense until it's spoken out-loud.

What did Shakespeare's accent - and that of his actors and audience - sound like? What can we reveal from hearing and speaking his works in that accent? And with no recordings or transcriptions available to us, how do we know?

Closing the Shakespeare and Co.: On the Page and on the Stage day conference, keynote presenter Ben Crystal (actor and author and Shakespeare explorer) will be investigating the fascinating 400-year-old sound of Shakespeare's plays and sonnets, Original Pronunciation, showing a world hidden beneath our modern accent readings full of rhyme, rhythm, and a very subtle humour (and a not-so-subtle one too)to reveal a bright and beautiful English.

For more on Ben, please visit:

For more on Shakespeare and Co., please visit:

Sponsored by the Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies and the Department of English and Related Literature at the University of York. Funding is also provided by the Graduate Students' Association Postgraduate Community Fund and organised in partnership with the York International Shakespeare Festival.

Venue details

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Hearing loop