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Baltimore Shakespeare Factory offers 'Merchant of Venice' in the Bard's accent
Baltimore Shakespeare Factory offers 'Merchant of Venice' in the Bard's accent

The language of William Shakespeare is just about universally recognized for its expressive richness, but exactly how he heard it articulated on the stage, the way it sounded, is much less understood. During the past decade, though, an effort to reproduce the authentic tone of the Bard has been gaining traction. That effort has just reached the mid-Atlantic for the first time, thanks to Baltimore Shakespeare Factory's staging of "The Merchant of Venice" in what is termed Original Pronunciation — OP for short. That's to distinguish it from Received Pronunciation (RP), widely thought of as the quintessential English accent, but developed long after...

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