Pocket guides to Shakespeare’s plays

Hamlet, Lear, Macbeth and Dream are the most studied and performed of Shakespeare’s plays. These accessible introduction soffers a springboard into each play, taking a hands-on, performance-based approach, exploring the challenges and the rewards it presents to actors, audiences and students.

Springboard Shakespeare has a three-part structure: whether you’re watching or reading, Ben Crystal takes you through exactly what you need to know Before, During and After the play. He combines a genuine passion and understanding of Shakespeare with his experience as an actor, giving the reader a clear route to thinking about, understanding and enjoying four of Shakespeare’s greatest works.



thumbnail-learKing Lear
by Ben Crystal

by Ben Crystal

by Ben Crystal

thumbnail-midsummerA Midsummer Night’s Dream
by Ben Crystal


Springboard Shakespeare is the perfect tool for actors, students, theatre-goers, and anyone interested in understanding Shakespeare. Ben Crystal has created guides that are a valuable and accessible way to enjoy Shakespeare’s genius.

Kenneth Branagh