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First Shakespeare CD with original pronunciation

The British Library has just released a new audio CD, Shakespeare’s original pronunciation, featuring speeches and scenes performed as Shakespeare would have heard them. Although there have been a handful of attempts to perform Shakespeare in the original pronunciation on stage, this is the first time that recordings have been made available worldwide for study and enjoyment.

Under the guidance of Ben Crystal, actor and expert in original Shakespearean pronunciation in performance, a company of actors performs some of Shakespeare’s best-known poems, solo speeches and scenes from 18 of his plays. Accompanied by an introductory essay by Professor David Crystal, author of many books on the English language, the disc contains 28 recordings, duration 75 minutes (ISBN 978 0 978-0-7123-5119-5).

The CD is available from the British Library Shop (tel: +44 (0)20 7412 7735 / e-mail: and online at as well as other bookshops throughout the UK.

For further information on audivisual Shakespeare, visit the BUFVC’s International Database of Shakespeare on Film, Television and Radio online at:

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