Ben Crystal

Ben+CrystalActor, Author, Producer

The co-writer of Shakespeare’s Words (Penguin 2002) and The Shakespeare Miscellany (Penguin 2005) with his father David Crystal, Ben Crystal’s first solo book, Shakespeare on Toast – Getting a Taste for the Bard (Icon 2008) was shortlisted for the 2010 Educational Writer of the Year Award. His new quartet, a series for Arden Shakespeare / Bloomsbury – Springboard Shakespeare was published in June 2013. 

You Say Potato (Macmillan 2014) and An Illustrated Dictionary of Shakespeare for OUP (April 2015) were both co-written with his father.

His theatre productions of Simon Stephens’ One Minute in 2008 and Robin French’s Gilbert is Dead in 2009 were critically acclaimed, and in 2011 he played Hamlet in the first Original Pronunciation production of the play for 400 years, co-producing with the Nevada Repertory Company.

In 2012 he was the curator, producer and creative director of the first CD of extracts of Shakespeare in Original Pronunciation for the British Library, their best-selling CD to date.

He gives workshops on performing Shakespeare around the world, and some of this work can be viewed at 

His Shakespeare Ensemble are taking their OP production of Periclesto Daniel Harding’s Festival Interplay in January 2015, and, after a sell-out series of events at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare’s Globe in July 2014, will be returning there in 2015…


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