• What were Shakespeare's links to the royalty of his day?

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    HRH The Prince of Wales

    The Prince of Wales is President of The Royal Shakespeare Company.


  • 1.

    How would Shakespeare have had access to books growing up in Stratford-upon-Avon?

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    Sylvia Morris

    Sylvia Morris is independent Shakespeare researcher, formerly Head of Shakespeare Centre Library and Archive.

  • 2.

    Did Shakespeare attend the King Edward VI grammar school in Stratford-upon-Avon?

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    Lois Potter

    Lois Potter was formerly the Ned B. Allen Professor of English at the University of Delaware, and her publications include a critical biography of Shakespeare for Wiley-Blackwell (2012).

  • 3.

    Is there anything in the works which require their author to have been educated at a university?

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    Carol Rutter

    Carol Chillington Rutter is Professor of Shakespeare and Performance Studies at the University of Warwick and a National Teaching Fellow; her books include Shakespeare and Child's Play: Performing Lost Boys on Stage and Screen and Enter the Body: Women and Representation on Shakespeare's Stage.

  • 4.

    Do the plays reflect the education that boys in the Stratford grammar school received?

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    Perry Mills

    Perry Mills is Assistant Headmaster and Director of Specialism at King Edward VI Grammar School, Stratford-upon-Avon.

  • 5.

    Are charges of illiteracy against members of Shakespeare's family relevant to his own identification as a writer?

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    Elizabeth Woledge

    Outreach and Informal Learning Development Manager at The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

    The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

  • 6.

    Did any of Shakespeare's boyhood contemporaries achieve intellectual and professional distinction?

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    Nick Walton

    Nick Walton is Executive Secretary to The International Shakespeare Association, and Shakespeare Courses Development Manager at The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

  • 7.

    Are there any clear links to be made between Shakespeare's plays and the area around Stratford-upon-Avon?

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    David Kathman

    David Kathman is an independent scholar in Chicago, Illinois, co-founder of the Shakespeare Authorship web page and author of many articles on Shakespeare and Elizabethan theatre history.


  • 8.

    Do Shakespeare's works reflect aspects of life in Stratford-upon-Avon during his time?

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    Michael Wood

    Michael Wood is a broadcaster, writer and historian, author of In Search of Shakespeare.

  • 9.

    When did Shakespeare first appear on the literary scene?

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    Andrew Dickson

    Andrew Dickson is the Guardian's theatre editor, the author of The Rough Guide to Shakespeare (Penguin, 2009) and a contributor to The New Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare (2010).

  • 10.

    Do writers of Shakespeare's time identify him as an author of specific works?

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    Charles Whitworth

    Charles Whitworth is Professor of English at the University of Montpellier, founding director of the IRCL (a CNRS-affiliated centre for Early Modern research), and has edited several plays, including the Oxford Shakespeare Comedy of Errors.

  • 11.

    Do writers of Shakespeare's time dispraise his work?

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    Emma Smith

    Emma Smith is Fellow and Tutor in English at Hertford College, Oxford.

  • 12.

    Were Shakespeare's plays published under his own name in his lifetime?

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    Laurie Maguire

    Laurie Maguire is Professor of English at Oxford University, a Tutorial fellow of Magdalen College, and the author or editor of eight books.

  • 13.

    Was Shakespeare's name used as a selling point on works we now don't believe he wrote?

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    Andrew Murphy

    Andrew Murphy is Professor of English at the University of St Andrews, UK and is the author of, among other books, Shakespeare in Print: A History and Chronology of Shakespeare Publishing (Cambridge University Press, 2003).

  • 14.

    If Shakespeare is a fraud, what about the historical evidence?


    AJ Leon

    AJ is an entrepreneur, blogger and digital Shakespearian. He serves as Senior Digital Advisor to The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, and has launched more web based Shakespeare-related projects than anyone in the world.
    Pursuit of Everything

  • 15.

    Did Shakespeare become famous in his life-time?

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    Tiffany Stern

    Tiffany Stern is Professor of Early Modern Drama at Oxford University, and author of Rehearsal from Shakespeare to Sheridan (2000); Making Shakespeare (2004); Shakespeare in Parts (with Simon Palfrey, 2007); and Documents of Performance (2009).

  • 16.

    Should we be concerned that there are gaps in the historical record?

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    Andrew Hadfield

    Andrew Hadfield is Professor of English at the University of Sussex, and author of Shakespeare and Republicanism (2005) and Edmund Spenser: A Life (2012).

  • 17.

    How did Shakespeare make his money?

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    Boika Sokolova

    Boika Sokolova teaches Shakespeare and the drama of his contemporaries at the University of Notre Dame in London. Her latest book is a study of The Merchant of Venice.

  • 18.

    What was Shakespeare's social status?

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    René Weis

    René Weis teaches Shakespeare at UCL and is Editor of Romeo and Juliet for Arden.

  • 19.

    Could the plays have been written by somebody who never left England?

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    Margaret Drabble

    Margaret Drabble was born in Sheffield in 1939, educated at Cambridge, worked briefly as an actress with the RSC, and then became a writer, and author of seventeen novels and various works of non-fiction.

  • 20.

    Why is it important that actors' names appear in some of the early printed texts of Shakespeare's plays?

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    Harriet Walter

    Harriet Walter is actor in all media, contemporary and classical, author of 3 books, and has played 17 roles written by one William Shakespeare.


  • 21.

    In what ways are the plays revealing about Shakespeare's knowledge of theatrical practice?

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    Tina Packer

    Tina Packer founded Shakespeare & Company in 1978 whose work stretches across the States and focuses equally on performance, education and training, these three activities being symbiotic.

  • 22.

    As an actor, what is your sense of Shakespeare's personality?

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    Simon Callow

    Simon Callow is an actor and writer, whose performances include the one-man play Being Shakespeare.

  • 23.

    How do you respond as an actor and director to the Shakespeare Authorship Conspiracy Theory?

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    Janet Suzman

    Janet Suzman, adequately trained in the classics, sees William Shakespeare as a modern playwright (ref. her production of Othello in apartheid South Africa) and not being born English has difficulty understanding the class problem that the Oxfordians seem to have.

  • 24.

    What is the current thought about the extent to which collaboration can be identified in the Shakespeare canon?

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    Gary Taylor

    Gary Taylor has edited the works of Shakespeare and of Thomas Middleton for Oxford University Press.

  • 25.

    Is it possible that Shakespeare collaborated in minor ways with other authors?

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    Eric Rasmussen

    Eric Rasmussen, Chair of English at the University of Nevada, is co-editor with Jonathan Bate of the RSC Complete Works of Shakespeare.

  • 26.

    Was collaboration common in Shakespeare's time?

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    Peter Kirwan

    Peter Kirwan is a tutor, blogger and researcher, and has undertaken doctoral work at the University of Warwick on plays of disputed authorship.


  • 27.

    What methods are used to find evidence of multiple authorship in Shakespeare's plays?

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    Mac Jackson

    MacDonald Jackson is Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Auckland and a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand.

  • 28.

    Does Shakespeare's dramatic verse seem to be different to Marlowe's?

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    Antony Sher

    Antony Sher is a South African-born British actor, writer, theatre director and painter, who has played many roles by Shakespeare and his contemporaries.

  • 29.

    Did Shakespeare have an aristocratic patron?

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    Michael Holroyd

    Michael Holroyd is a biographer and former President of The Royal Society of Literature.

  • 30.

    What was the relationship between the aristocracy and the theatre in Shakespeare's time?

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    Farah Karim-Cooper

    Farah Karim-Cooper Head of Research & Courses, Globe Education
    Shakespeare's Globe

  • 31.

    How has the Shakespeare authorship discussion been presented in fiction?

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    Paul Franssen

    Dr. Paul Franssen, lecturer in English Literature at Utrecht University, the Netherlands.

  • 32.

    Are there any other writers whose authorship is questioned?

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    Martin Wiggins

    Martin Wiggins in Senior Lecturer and Fellow at The Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham.

  • 33.

    What kind of authority is the 1623 Folio collection of Shakespeare's plays?

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    David Bevington

    David Bevington is the Phyllis Fay Horton Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus in the Humanities at the University of Chicago, has written extensively on Shakespeare, and edited the work of Shakespeare and his Renaissance contemporaries.

  • 34.

    The 1623 Folio includes poems in praise of Shakespeare by other writers. Do these support Shakespeare's authorship of the works?

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    Ewan Fernie

    Ewan Fernie is Professor of Shakespeare Studies at The Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham, Stratford-upon-Avon.

  • 35.

    Does Shakespeare's will shed any light on his professional practice?

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    Mairi Macdonald

    Mairi Macdonald is the former Head of Local Collections at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and a contributor to The New Dictionary of National Biography and the Oxford Companion to Shakespeare.

  • 36.

    Is it suspicious that no books are mentioned in Shakespeare's will?

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    Diana Owen

    Diana Owen is Director of The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

  • 37.

    How was Shakespeare commemorated on his death?

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    Peter Kyle

    In addition to being Chairman of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Peter Kyle is Director General of the English-Speaking Union and was formerly Chief Executive of Shakespeare's Globe.

  • 38.

    Does the memorial bust of Shakespeare tell us anything about his profession?

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    Paul Edmondson

    Paul Edmondson is Head of Research and Knowledge for The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, co-author (with Stanley Wells) of Shakespeare's Sonnets, and a priest in The Church of England.

    Blogging Shakespeare

  • 39.

    What do we learn about Shakespeare from Ben Jonson?

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    Greg Doran

    Gregory Doran is Chief Associate Director of The Royal Shakespeare Company and has directed many plays by William Shakespeare and his contemporaries.

  • 40.

    When did people start to question Shakespeare's authorship of the works?

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    Lena Orlin

    Lena Cowen Orlin is Professor of English at Georgetown University.


  • 41.

    What reasons do people give for questioning Shakespeare's authorship of the plays?

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    Stuart Hampton-Reeves

    Stuart Hampton-Reeves is Professor of Research-informed Teaching at the University of Central Lancashire, Chair of the British Shakespeare Association and author of several books on Shakespeare in performance.

  • 42.

    What psychological impulse might lie behind the questioning of Shakespeare's authorship?

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    Anouchka Grose

    Anouchka Grose is a writer and psychoanalyst, practicing in London.

  • 43.

    What part does James Wilmot play in the authorship story?

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    Stanley Wells

    Stanley Wells is Honorary President of The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Professor Emeritus University of Birmingham, author of many books about Shakespeare (including Shakespeare Sex and Love) and is general editor of the Oxford and Penguin Shakespeares.

  • 44.

    What part did Delia Bacon play in the Shakespeare authorship discussion?

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    Graham Holderness

    Graham Holderness is a writer, Professor of English at the University of Hertfordshire, and author of Nine Lives of William Shakespeare (Continuum, 2011).

  • 45.

    Is it plausible that Sir Francis Bacon wrote the work attributed to Shakespeare?

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    Alan Stewart

    Alan Stewart is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, and International Director of the Centre for Editing Lives and Letters in London.

  • 46.

    Do you agree with Mark Twain that you have to experience something in order to write about it?

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    Jay Halio

    Jay Halio has published widely on Shakespeare and is Professor Emeritus at the University of Delaware.
    Blogging Shakespeare

  • 47.

    Why did Sigmund Freud doubt Shakespeare's authorship?

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    Paul Prescott

    Paul Prescott is Associate Professor of English at the University of Warwick and Associate Academic in the RSC-Warwick Centre for Teaching Shakespeare.

  • 48.

    Why did Henry James doubt Shakespeare's authorship?

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    Adrian Poole

    Adrian Poole is a Professor of English Literature at the University of Cambridge.

  • 49.

    Does the Earl of Oxford have any connection with the theatre?

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    Michael Dobson

    Michael Dobson is Director of The Shakespeare Institute (University of Birmingham) in Stratford-upon-Avon.


  • 50.

    Are there any factual objections to the belief that the Earl of Oxford wrote the work attributed to Shakespeare?

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    Alan Nelson

    Alan H. Nelson is Professor Emeritus in the Department of English at the University of California, Berkeley; his books include Monstrous Adversary: The Life of Edward de Vere, Seventeenth Earl of Oxford (Liverpool University Press, 2003).

  • 51.

    Are there any factual objections to the belief that Christopher Marlowe wrote the work attributed to Shakespeare?

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    Charles Nicholl

    Charles Nicholl has written books about Marlowe (The Reckoning), Shakespeare (The Lodger), and other Elizabethans.

  • 52.

    Who else has been suggested as the possible author of the works attributed to Shakespeare?

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    Matt Kubus

    Matt Kubus is a doctoral researcher at The Shakespeare Institute and a regular contributor to Blogging Shakespeare.


  • 53.

    Degrees are awarded to those doubting Shakespeare's authorship at Brunel and Concordia (Oregon) universities. What is the intellectual justification for this?

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    Victoria Buckley

    Victoria Buckley’s work includes doctoral research on Shakespeare and the Gunpowder Plot at the University of Sussex.
    Shakespeare's England

  • 54.

    What is the attitude of mainstream Shakespeare scholars towards the authorship discussion?

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    Peter Holland

    Peter Holland is McMeel Family Professor in Shakespeare Studies in the Department of Film, Television and Theatre and Associate Dean for the Arts, at the University of Notre Dame.

  • 55.

    What other theories might be compared to the Shakespeare Authorship Conspiracy Theory and why?

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    Kate McLuskie

    Kate McLuskie, Director of The Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham, from 2005 to 2011 and author of 'Writers and their Work: Macbeth'

  • 56.

    Why Conspiracy Theories?

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    Simon Palfrey

    Simon Palfrey is Professor of English Literature and Fellow of Brasenose College, University of Oxford.

  • 57.

    What does Stephen Fry think about the Shakespeare Authorship Discussion?

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    Stephen Fry

    British Actor, Writer, Lord of Dance, Prince of Swimwear & Blogger

  • 58.

    What about the Indian perspective of the Shakespeare authorship conspiracy theory?

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    K.S. Vijay Elangova

    K. S. Vijay Elanqova is a journalist for The Hindu, a writer and a poet.

  • 59.

    Why don't you believe that Shakespeare wrote Shakespeare?

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    Roland Emmerich

    Roland Emmerich is a director of films, including Anonymous.

  • 60.

    What do you think about Shakespeare's reputation being stolen and passed off as someone else's?

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    Dan Snow

    Dan Snow is a television presenter and writer.

  • FIN.


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