(Alistair Smith's article appeared in Stage 9/1.)

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust has launched a campaign to debunk the “conspiracy theories” surrounding the authorship of Shakespeare’s works.

The organisation has lined up 60 actors, writers and scholars to address the question in 60 seconds each. Stephen Fry, Margaret Drabble, Roland Emmerich, Simon Callow and Michael Holroyd are among the speakers on a new audio web site called 60 Minutes with Shakespeare, which is launched today, September 1.

It marks the first phase in the trust’s campaign, ahead of a new Hollywood film Anonymous, which is scheduled for release on October 28.

Directed by Roland Emmerich, Anonymous portrays the Earl of Oxford, Edward de Vere as the true author of Shakespeare’s works.


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