Shakespeare’s original accent – Romeo and Juliet

How languages and accents develop is fascinating, and production’s of many works of Shakespeare are often recited in pronounced English – in a particularly dramatic fashion. However, the accents and original performances of his works are less understood, yet Ben Crystal, in a seminar through the British Council demonstrates the difference between what is believed to be the original accents of performances, compared to modern performance standards.

A useful video below can show the difference accents make when exploring and reciting Shakespeare plays, supporting English and drama students.