Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Shakespeare on Toast and Ben Crystal

Tonight is the night. I have been looking forward to meeting Ben Crystal in person. I have some of his father's books (David Crystal is his father) and I've watched their YouTube video a few years ago on the introduction to the 'Original Pronunciation' production of Shakespeare and what they reveal about the history of the English language. It's a really cool video.

Ben Crystal looks even better now. He's got that "ripeness" about him and that's sexy. I know this sounds shallow but I can't help making that observation. He looks like a delicious fruit. Seeing him in action at The Arts House was a treat!

I was thinking about his book, SHAKESPEARE ON TOAST, the whole time he was making magic sprouting words filling us with the wonders of some of Shakespeare's plays, explaining how it's like working with and having an intimate relationship with the legendary playwright. I brought the book home when the night was over.

From the back cover of the book: Actor, producer and director Ben Crystal revisits his acclaimed book on Shakespeare for the 400th anniversary of his death. Shakespeare on Toast knocks the stuffing from the staid old myth of the Bard, revealing his plays for what they really are: modern, thrilling, uplifting drama. Crystal explores his language, his life, his world, his sounds, his craft - and, astonishingly, finds Shakespeare's own voice amid the poetry. 

Whether you're studying Shakespeare for the first time or you've never set foot near one of his plays but have always wanted to, this book smashes down the walls that have been built up around this untouchable literary figure.