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Who wrote the works of Shakespeare?
You are invited to explore the Shakespeare authorship question with leading experts.
This year marks the 400th anniversary of the death of a man from Stratford-upon-Avon who is widely regarded as the author of the plays attributed to William Shakespeare. Doubts about the authorship of these plays have been expressed by eminent writers, actors and thinkers, including Charles Dickens, Sir John Gielgud and Sigmund Freud.
In 2007, Sir Derek Jacobi and Mark Rylance issued the ‘Declaration of Reasonable Doubt About the Identity of William Shakespeare’. The Declaration has been signed by well over 3,500 people, including many prominent actors, directors and academics, as well as two Justices of the US Supreme Court.
This event will look at the history of the Shakespeare authorship question, why it matters and the evidence for some of the alternative authorship candidates. The programme includes talks from internationally renowned authorship experts Professor William Leahy and Dr. John Casson.
Professor William Leahy from Brunel University London has published widely on Shakespeare and is the editor of Shakespeare and His Authors: Critical Perspectives on the Authorship Question, published by Continuum.
Dr. John Casson is a retired dramatherapist. Since 2006, he has been researching the authorship candidacy of Sir Henry Neville and published four books about his discoveries. His latest book, which he co-authored with Professor William D. Rubinstein, is called Sir Henry Neville was Shakespeare: The Evidence, published by Amberley Publishing.
Manchester Central Library is also kindly hosting an exhibition of related rare books, including an original Second Folio and a facsimile of the First Folio of Shakespeare’s plays.
Although the event is free, booking is essential as places are limited. Donations are also invited to cover organisational costs. Food and drink can be purchased on the day from the café in Manchester Central Library.
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