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[Past Event] What Did Shakespeare Sound Like? | Livestream Zoom

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Course Description:

When Shakespeare’s plays were performed in 1600, they did not sound like "Downton Abbey." The Early Modern English accent was remarkably different from the modern accent with which most of today’s audiences are familiar. Spearheaded by linguist David Crystal in 2004, companies began to mount productions that revived the accents of 400 years ago. According to Crystal, Shakespeare in Original Pronunciation (O.P.) is "Shakespeare as hopefully he would have heard it. It sounds raw and from the heart, which is very different from the way I think Shakespeare has been performed for the last half century or so." In our study, we will see and hear actors deliver Shakespeare in both the original and current style and examine elements of language contributing to the differences. The contrast adds a whole new layer of appreciation for Shakespeare’s timeless verse and prose.


Tuition: $35.00

Additional Fees: $0.00

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Tuesdays, Nov. 2, 9, 16 *1:00 - 2:30pm* (3 sessions)


Course will meet via Zoom and will NOT be recorded or available for viewing later. A Zoom link will be emailed to each participant prior to the class session.


Allston James has twice won the British Theatre Challenge and is a three-time winner of the William Broyles Award for Distinguished Playwriting.