The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 19.0514 Thursday, 28 August 2008
Date: Thursday, 28 Aug 2008 10:11:14 +0100
Subject: Book Announcement: Shakespeare on Toast
Shakespeare on Toast: Getting a Taste for the Bard
Publication Date: 8 September 2008
SHAKESPEARE ON TOAST is set to knock the stuffing from the staid old myth of
Shakespeare, revealing the man and his plays for what they really are: modern,
thrilling and uplifting drama. A recent poll of teenagers found Shakespeare to
be the least favourite read of those consulted. And yet we owe to Shakespeare at
least 1,700 words and a horde of well-known phrases that we all use today.
Ben Crystal brings the bright words and colourful characters of the world's
greatest writer wonderfully to life, offering the key to understanding
Shakespeare's plays and unlocking the so-called difficult bits. Deftly told by
the Jamie Oliver of Shakespeare, SHAKESPEARE ON TOAST is a fun guidebook that
takes us beyond a mere introduction and into exciting territory as a manual to
finding Shakespeare's own voice ourselves. By explaining the universality and
timelessness of Shakespeare's appeal, how to unravel the poetry and understand
its impact on our language today, Ben shows how, if Shakespeare were alive
today, he would be writing scripts for Eastenders and Coronation Street rather
than for elite theatre-goers.
Told in five Acts, SHAKESPEARE ON TOAST reclaims Shakespeare's language, life
and time and pulls him into the modern age with surprising ease - revealing both
the man and his work to be as relevant and accessible now, as he was during his
own time. SHAKESPEARE ON TOAST is a book for everyone, whether you're reading
Shakespeare for the first time, occasionally find him troublesome, think you
know him backwards, or never set foot near one of his plays but have always
BEN CRYSTAL is an actor, most recently due to perform in Simon Stephens' One
Minute at the Courtyard Theatre, Old Street, London. With his father, David
Crystal, he co-authored the internationally acclaimed bestseller Shakespeare's
Words (Penguin, 2002) and The Shakespeare Miscellany (Penguin, 2005).
SHAKESPEARE ON TOAST will be launched at the Edinburgh International Book
Festival on 15 August 2008.
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