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Springboard Shakespeare: King Lear [Paperback]

Ben Crystal

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20 Jun 2013 Springboard Shakespeare
King Lear is a towering drama of personal and national tragedy. This accessible introduction offers a springboard into the play, taking a hands-on, performance-based approach, exploring the challenges and the rewards it presents to actors, audiences and students.

Springboard Shakespeare: King Lear has a three-part structure: whether you're watching or reading, Ben Crystal takes you through exactly what you need to know Before, During and After the play. He combines a genuine passion and understanding of Shakespeare with his experience as an actor, giving the reader a clear route to thinking about, understanding and enjoying King Lear.

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Ben Crystal is a British actor 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 is 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.

In 2011, he played Hamlet in the first Original Pronunciation production of the play for 400 years with the Nevada Repertory Company, and in 2012 he was the curator of the first CD of extracts of Shakespeare recorded by professional actors in Original Pronunciation for the British Library.

His new series of introductions to Shakespeare's plays - Springboard Shakespeare - was published by Arden Shakespeare in June 2013.

His workshops developing fresh approaches to acting Shakespeare are given around the world and can be found at www.passioninpractice.com.

He lives in London and online at www.bencrystal.com

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'Having Crystal as a companion through the stickier parts of Hamlet and Macbeth is like going to the theatre with an intelligent friend.' --The Independent

'A highly worthwhile series, which should prove to be valuable for directors, actors and students…This formula really works. As an experiment, your dedicated reviewer tried out Macbeth in preparation for and following on from the Eve Best production of the Globe. The experience was definitely improved, with some of the tips on words and language proving especially helpful and enlightening… These really are excellent little guides that will prove informative to almost anybody with an interest in the subject.' --Philip Fisher, British Theatre Guide

About the Author

Ben Crystal is an actor and author. His books include The Shakespeare Miscellany, Shakespeare's Words and Shakespeare on Toast.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful companion text for studying the play 4 Jan 2014
By John C. Lin - Published on Amazon.com
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This is NOT the play text but instead a companion guide to the text. This is background information presented in a way that is meant to help with a deeper reading of the play. This would be good for someone with some understanding of Shakespeare or this play but not necessarily for someone wanting an aid to reading the play. It is not like SparkNotes in that there is no explanation of the text; it's more elaboration and extension. Good for what it is. Can be useful for a teacher looking to augment traditional background materials available more generally.
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