BBC NEWS | Magazine | The real sound of Shakespeare?: "By opening night, they will have rehearsed using phonetic scripts for two months and, hopefully, will render the play just as its author intended. They say their accents are somewhere between Australian, Cornish, Irish and Scottish, with a dash of Yorkshire - yet bizarrely, completely intelligible if you happen to come from North Carolina."
How, pray, do people know how English sounded on the stage 400 years ago? Read and find out. There's a sound clip, too.