[LMB] OT: Shakespeare's accent

Gwynne Powell gwynnepowell at hotmail.com
Sun Jul 25 06:00:12 BST 2021


From: Elizabeth Holden <alzurite at gmail.com>

I've heard a lot of British people concerned with accents - either that the
regional accent depicted is wrong (and more like another accent 100 miles
away), or an American is playing a British role with an American accent.

Gwynne: For those who can decode it, British accents instantly give not
only point of origin, but social class. It gives the background of the
character. So when the accents are wrong, it's jarring to those who know,
and have certain expectations. It'd be the same as a group of American
actors playing one family, but one has a New Jersey accent, one is
Louisiana, and one is Californian. An American audience would find it
very difficult to accept the characters as being one family.



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