Original Pronunciation

English language texts in period speech

Here follows some links to actual recordings of original pronunciation

Richard III opening speech read by Ben Crystal

The Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6), read by David Crystal

For more Bible readings in OP please visit the shop

Opening lines of Henry V from John Barton can be heard a few minutes in to this documentary (07.45–08.15)

Other links

The Shakespeare’s Globe productions of 2004 and 2005 were recorded and are in the Library archive at the theatre, viewable by appointment: Shakespeare’s Globe Archives

Conversations are included on the double CD, This World’s Globe

A Midsummer Night’s Dream DVD

Discussion and illustration of OP by David and Ben Crystal at Shakespeare’s Globe for the Open University, 2011

  1. Ian Dicker says: March 15, 20163:23 pm

    I’d like a recording of the lord’s prayer to copy for my 1640s vicar character in the Sealed Knot. Can you make it available or send my a file please? I’ve bought David’s recording of the 23rd Psalm, but the Lord’s prayer would be even more useful for our displays.


    David Crystal Reply:

    You’ll find this on the Illustrations page of this website – underneath the Richard III recording.


  2. Brad Patterson says: September 13, 201110:06 am

    Interesting to hear how “temptation” in The Lord’s Prayer sounds most different, and for me reaches more towards french/latin roots. Enjoying very much what I see here. Thank you.


    John Dominic Reply:

    Brad, I’ve noticed that in 16th century musical settings of The Lord’s Prayer, “temptation” is set as four syllables (“temp-tah-see-on”). David’s recording shows why!


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