Original Pronunciation

English language texts in period speech

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9 April 2020
Publication of Sonia Massai’s Shakespeare’s Accents: Voicing Identity in Performance (CUP), which contains in Chapter 2 an illuminating discussion of OP and its recent theatrical history, placed in the context of regional and social accents generally. A must-read for anyone interested in OP.

July 2020
The 2010 radio drama version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Kansas University,dorected by Paul Meier, is now freely available as streaming audio on Paul’s website. See https://www.paulmeier.com/shakespeare/ and then the sub link, https://www.paulmeier.com/dream-radio-broadcast/.

30 October – 20 November 2020 [revised dates]
Baltimore Shakespeare Factory presents King Lear in original pronunciation, directed by Tom Delise and performed at the Kestrel Playhouse in the St. Mary’s Community Center, 3900 Roland Ave, Baltimore, MD 21211. Go to www.baltimoreshakespearefactory.org for more information about when tickets will go on sale.