Ben is an actor, author, producer, and explorer of original practices in Shakespeare rehearsal and production.
In 2011 Ben played Hamlet in the first Original Pronunciation production for 400 years, as Artist in Residence with the Nevada Repertory Company. In 2012 he was the curator, producer and creative director of the first CD of extracts of Shakespeare in Original Pronunciation for the British Library.
Over 2010-2016 he brought together the modern original practices based Passion in Practice Shakespeare Ensemble and collaborated with Shakespeare's Globe, the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Savannah Music Festival, the British Council, and the British Library, as well as the folk artists Sam Amidon, and the Askew Sisters.
The Ensemble were invited to explore Original Pronunciation in the newly finished Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare's Globe over 2014-2016.
They mounted a production of Pericles at Daniel Harding’s Interplay Festival at the Berwaldhallen in Stockholm, and again at the Savannah Music Festival. Pericles: Recomposed was raised in three days, underscored by Max Richter’s Four Seasons: Recomposed, and played live by the violinist Daniel Hope, with the Trondheim Soloists in Sweden, and L’Arte Del Monde in Savannah.
Ben has toured the US, Canada, Europe, Asia, India, Australia and New Zealand, and has frequent collaborations with New Hampshire based Seven Stages Shakespeare Company, the Prague Shakespeare Company, the English Speaking Union, the Prince’s Trust Institute, and the Shakespeare’s Birthplace Trust. He is an associate member of the Shakespeare Theatre Association, and a Patron of Shakespeare Week.
He has developed physical games for children and young people with SEND, working with Joe England.
In 2014 he gave the English Council Lecture at the British Council on Speaking the bright and beautiful English of Shakespeare, and his 2017 TEDx talk was called Original Practices: Shakespeare's Craft, and his books on Shakespeare can be found here.
Ben gives workshops & talks on performing Shakespeare around the world.
He tweets from @bencrystal.