Not at all anonymous: Shakespeare Bites Back! co-presented by Paul Edmondson and Stanley Wells Reg. Charity No. 209302 b rought to by
Why are we interested? Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is the custodian of Shakespeare’s material and literary legacy . Questions about Shakespeare’s authorship of the work are asked by visitors in the Shakespeare Houses, by visiting students, and on our travels. There is a forthcoming film Anonymous being released in September.
Films include: The Patriot The Day After Tomorrow Godzilla Film Stars: Vanessa Redgrave as Elizabeth I Mark Rylance Joely Richardson Derek Jacobi (the narrator) A related documentary features Stanley Wells and Jonathan Bate.
International focus & hundreds of thousands of visitors annually.
We deliver education to all levels.
Seen as ‘cradle’ of Shakespearian matters.
Impact of emerging digital platforms.
We can help bridge academia & popular opinion.
Where did it all start? Interested in showing that Shakespeare’s plays were written by a committee. She visits England and attracts high-profile attention from Ralph Waldo Emerson and Nathaniel Hawthorn American Delia Bacon gives talks in 1840s about Francis Bacon and Shakespeare.
Theory started in 1920 by a schoolmaster, J. Thomas Looney.
Taken up by Sigmund Freud.
Oxford secretly married to Elizabeth I and Earl of Southampton (Shakespeare’s patron) was their son…
What sort of arguments are put forward against Shakespeare’s authorship? Didn’t experience life needed to write the plays. Not educated enough. Books not mentioned in will. Small town background. Absence of evidence about certain areas of his life. Parents and children illiterate. Not aristocratic. Not travelled.
The Shakespeare Authorship Conspiracy Theories…
‘ A Declaration of Reasonable Doubt’, April 2007; 2090 signatures so far; 373 ‘academics’; 25 ‘notables’, including: Sir Derek Jacobi, Jeremy Irons, Mark Rylance, Michael York, & Roland Emmerich (2007)