Ben Crystal reads William Shakespeare’s Sonnet 29

Now this is Sonnet 29 recited properly — it’s Welsh actor Ben Crystal at the 2014 Sonnet Slam in New York.  (I am linking here to the Willful Pictures Youtube channel.)

I like Crystal’s conversational style and the way that he appears to address the audience directly.  He “speaks” the poem, instead of ostentatiously reciting it it.  It reminds me of the performances in The Guardian’s “Shakespeare Solos” series — particularly the readings by Eileen Atkins and David Morrissey.

 

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