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Shakespeare's Birthday Party & Ben Crystal Book Signing
Come celebrate the 450th Anniversary of Shakespeare's Birth at a festive gathering produced by Willful Pictures & The Drama Book Shop.
All are invited to participate in the 60-second Shakespeare Relay in the theatre at 5:00pm, followed by reception and book signing by London actor and author, Ben Crystal.
The Shakespeare Relay: From 5-6pm Bring any piece of Shakespeare (song, sonnet, line, monologue) that is 60 seconds or less and join in the fun in a fast paced relay. Open to all ages. Sign up begins at 4:30pm.
About the Author: Ben Crystal is an actor, producer, and writer. He studied English Language and Linguistics at Lancaster University before training at Drama Studio London. He has worked in TV, film and theatre, at the reconstructed Shakespeare's Globe, London, and has been a narrator for RNIB Talking Books, Channel 4 and the BBC.
He co-wrote Shakespeare's Words (Penguin 2002) and The Shakespeare Miscellany (Penguin 2005) with his father David Crystal, and his 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 productions of Simon Stephens' One Minute in 2008 and Robin French's Gilbert is Dead in 2009 were critically acclaimed.
In 2011, he played Hamlet in the first Original Pronunciation production of the play for 400 years with the Nevada Repertory Company.
In 2012 he was the curator for the first CD of extracts of Shakespeare recorded by professional actors in Original Pronunciation for the British Library, their best-selling CD to date, and his new series for Arden Shakespeare / Bloomsbury - Springboard Shakespeare, was published in June 2013.
He has workshops on performing Shakespeare around the world, and some of this work can be viewed at passioninpractice.com
He lives in London and online at bencrystal.com and Tweets from @bencrystal
About the Books: The Springboard Shakespeare Series (Before, During, After)
The Springboard books are perfect companion guides for actors, students, theatre-goers and anyone interested in understanding Shakespeare.
Willful Pictures is a production company founded by Melinda Hall which produces the annual Shakespeare's Birthday Sonnet Slam in Central Park among other film & theatre projects.
Twitter: @willfulpictures @sonnetslam