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Shakespeare Wins the Debate: Part 2

On Monday (3 June) I was the opening speaker at a debate held at the English-Speaking Union headquarters in London at which the motion was ‘This house believes that William Shakespeare of Stratford-upon-Avon wrote the plays and poems attributed to him’. The other speakers in favour of the motion were Paul Edmondson and Michael Dobson; […]

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Shakespeare The Actor (Part Two)

I wrote in my previous blog about the factual evidence relating to Shakespeare’s acting career. There is also some anecdotal evidence, mostly suggesting that though he acted, he was not a star. John Aubrey, writing in the mid-seventeenth century, says that Shakespeare, ‘inclined naturally to poetry and acting, came to London, I guess about 18: […]

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Shakespeare The Actor

The Stage is running a series of articles about Great Shakespeare Actors, mostly so far from the twentieth century. I suppose most people would think the first of all was Richard Burbage, who seems to have created many of Shakespeare’s greatest roles. But might it have been Shakespeare himself? There are conflicting views about the […]

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Boozy Shakespeare

It’s party time. Last night I went to The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust’s annual Christmas get-together (in fact, I even appeared briefly as Father Christmas to help spread a little festive cheer). We had lots to eat and not a bit to drink, and it set me thinking about Shakespeare’s attitude to alcohol. There was a […]

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