What were Shakespeare's links to the royalty of his day?
How would Shakespeare have had access to books growing up in Stratford-upon-Avon?
Did Shakespeare attend the King Edward VI grammar school in Stratford-upon-Avon?NEED THE TRANSCRIPT?
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).
Is there anything in the works which require their author to have been educated at a university?NEED THE TRANSCRIPT?
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.
Do the plays reflect the education that boys in the Stratford grammar school received?
Are charges of illiteracy against members of Shakespeare's family relevant to his own identification as a writer?
Did any of Shakespeare's boyhood contemporaries achieve intellectual and professional distinction?
Are there any clear links to be made between Shakespeare's plays and the area around Stratford-upon-Avon?
Do Shakespeare's works reflect aspects of life in Stratford-upon-Avon during his time?
When did Shakespeare first appear on the literary scene?
Do writers of Shakespeare's time identify him as an author of specific works?NEED THE TRANSCRIPT?
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.
Do writers of Shakespeare's time dispraise his work?NEED THE TRANSCRIPT?
Emma Smith is Fellow and Tutor in English at Hertford College, Oxford.
Were Shakespeare's plays published under his own name in his lifetime?NEED THE TRANSCRIPT?
Laurie Maguire is Professor of English at Oxford University, a Tutorial fellow of Magdalen College, and the author or editor of eight books.
Was Shakespeare's name used as a selling point on works we now don't believe he wrote?NEED THE TRANSCRIPT?
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).
If Shakespeare is a fraud, what about the historical evidence?
Did Shakespeare become famous in his life-time?NEED THE TRANSCRIPT?
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).
Should we be concerned that there are gaps in the historical record?NEED THE TRANSCRIPT?
Andrew Hadfield is Professor of English at the University of Sussex, and author of Shakespeare and Republicanism (2005) and Edmund Spenser: A Life (2012).
How did Shakespeare make his money?NEED THE TRANSCRIPT?
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.
What was Shakespeare's social status?NEED THE TRANSCRIPT?
René Weis teaches Shakespeare at UCL and is Editor of Romeo and Juliet for Arden.
Could the plays have been written by somebody who never left England?NEED THE TRANSCRIPT?
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.
Why is it important that actors' names appear in some of the early printed texts of Shakespeare's plays?
In what ways are the plays revealing about Shakespeare's knowledge of theatrical practice?
As an actor, what is your sense of Shakespeare's personality?NEED THE TRANSCRIPT?
Simon Callow is an actor and writer, whose performances include the one-man play Being Shakespeare.
How do you respond as an actor and director to the Shakespeare Authorship Conspiracy Theory?NEED THE TRANSCRIPT?
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.
What is the current thought about the extent to which collaboration can be identified in the Shakespeare canon?
Is it possible that Shakespeare collaborated in minor ways with other authors?NEED THE TRANSCRIPT?
Eric Rasmussen, Chair of English at the University of Nevada, is co-editor with Jonathan Bate of the RSC Complete Works of Shakespeare.
Was collaboration common in Shakespeare's time?
What methods are used to find evidence of multiple authorship in Shakespeare's plays?NEED THE TRANSCRIPT?
MacDonald Jackson is Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Auckland and a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand.
Does Shakespeare's dramatic verse seem to be different to Marlowe's?NEED THE TRANSCRIPT?
Antony Sher is a South African-born British actor, writer, theatre director and painter, who has played many roles by Shakespeare and his contemporaries.
Did Shakespeare have an aristocratic patron?NEED THE TRANSCRIPT?
Michael Holroyd is a biographer and former President of The Royal Society of Literature.
What was the relationship between the aristocracy and the theatre in Shakespeare's time?
How has the Shakespeare authorship discussion been presented in fiction?NEED THE TRANSCRIPT?
Dr. Paul Franssen, lecturer in English Literature at Utrecht University, the Netherlands.
Are there any other writers whose authorship is questioned?
What kind of authority is the 1623 Folio collection of Shakespeare's plays?NEED THE TRANSCRIPT?
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.
The 1623 Folio includes poems in praise of Shakespeare by other writers. Do these support Shakespeare's authorship of the works?NEED THE TRANSCRIPT?
Ewan Fernie is Professor of Shakespeare Studies at The Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham, Stratford-upon-Avon.
Does Shakespeare's will shed any light on his professional practice?NEED THE TRANSCRIPT?
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.
Is it suspicious that no books are mentioned in Shakespeare's will?
How was Shakespeare commemorated on his death?NEED THE TRANSCRIPT?
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.
Does the memorial bust of Shakespeare tell us anything about his profession?
What do we learn about Shakespeare from Ben Jonson?
When did people start to question Shakespeare's authorship of the works?
What reasons do people give for questioning Shakespeare's authorship of the plays?
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.
What psychological impulse might lie behind the questioning of Shakespeare's authorship?NEED THE TRANSCRIPT?
Anouchka Grose is a writer and psychoanalyst, practicing in London.
What part does James Wilmot play in the authorship story?NEED THE TRANSCRIPT?
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.
What part did Delia Bacon play in the Shakespeare authorship discussion?NEED THE TRANSCRIPT?
Graham Holderness is a writer, Professor of English at the University of Hertfordshire, and author of Nine Lives of William Shakespeare (Continuum, 2011).
Is it plausible that Sir Francis Bacon wrote the work attributed to Shakespeare?
Do you agree with Mark Twain that you have to experience something in order to write about it?
Why did Sigmund Freud doubt Shakespeare's authorship?NEED THE TRANSCRIPT?
Paul Prescott is Associate Professor of English at the University of Warwick and Associate Academic in the RSC-Warwick Centre for Teaching Shakespeare.
Why did Henry James doubt Shakespeare's authorship?NEED THE TRANSCRIPT?
Adrian Poole is a Professor of English Literature at the University of Cambridge.
Does the Earl of Oxford have any connection with the theatre?
Are there any factual objections to the belief that the Earl of Oxford wrote the work attributed to Shakespeare?NEED THE TRANSCRIPT?
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).
Are there any factual objections to the belief that Christopher Marlowe wrote the work attributed to Shakespeare?NEED THE TRANSCRIPT?
Charles Nicholl has written books about Marlowe (The Reckoning), Shakespeare (The Lodger), and other Elizabethans.
Who else has been suggested as the possible author of the works attributed to Shakespeare?
Degrees are awarded to those doubting Shakespeare's authorship at Brunel and Concordia (Oregon) universities. What is the intellectual justification for this?
What is the attitude of mainstream Shakespeare scholars towards the authorship discussion?NEED THE TRANSCRIPT?
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.
What other theories might be compared to the Shakespeare Authorship Conspiracy Theory and why?
Why Conspiracy Theories?NEED THE TRANSCRIPT?
Simon Palfrey is Professor of English Literature and Fellow of Brasenose College, University of Oxford.
What does Stephen Fry think about the Shakespeare Authorship Discussion?
What about the Indian perspective of the Shakespeare authorship conspiracy theory?NEED THE TRANSCRIPT?
K.S. Vijay Elangova
K. S. Vijay Elanqova is a journalist for The Hindu, a writer and a poet.
Why don't you believe that Shakespeare wrote Shakespeare?NEED THE TRANSCRIPT?
Roland Emmerich is a director of films, including Anonymous.
What do you think about Shakespeare's reputation being stolen and passed off as someone else's?