(Ben Hoyle's article ran in the Times of London, 3/16.)

Hoax Shakespeare play Double Falsehood turns out to be the real McCoy

In 1727 an enterprising lawyer and writer of pantomimes with ambitions to become a leading figure in the theatre staged his greatest coup: a lost original play by William Shakespeare.

The London Journal greeted Lewis Theobald’s production ecstatically, exclaiming: “The good old Master of the English Drama is by a kind of Miracle recall’d from his Grave, and given to us once again.”



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