Monday, October 31, 2011

Ben Crystal in Original Pronunciation Hamlet

Ben Crystal, the actor who will record Donne's Paul's Cross sermon for us, will be opening in the title role at the Nevada Repertory Company's original-pronunciation production of Hamlet  this week on the campus of the university of Nevada in Reno.

Ben is seen above in rehearsal. He's the actor on the right of the photograph.

This is being billed as a world premiere, of Hamlet "in the Original Pronunciation."

The theater is celebrating the fact that this is the first time Hamlet has been performed in its original pronunciation since the 17th century.

The theater also celebrates this "remarkable international collaboration," in which "a diverse group of world-class artists, directors and scholars will come together to produce this world-class event: the great English linguist and The Globe's own consultant David Crystal, author of "Pronouncing Shakespeare;" British superstar actor and scholar Ben Crystal, who will play Hamlet; the University's award-winning Shakespearean scholar, this production's dramaturge, and co-editor of "The Royal Shakespeare Company's Complete Works of William Shakespeare," professor Eric Rasmussen; and the University's own renowned Nevada Repertory Company, under the visionary leadership of director and department chair, Rob Gander."

Preview performances will be on November 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, with opening night on November 4th, and with performances running through November 20th.

Congratulations all around!

I'm delighted David and Ben are part of our project, too. If anyone happens to get to the fruits of their labors in Nevada, please let me know.

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