Ok, we have something a bit different for you. Tonight between 7.30-8.30 there will be the Shakespeare Authorship Debate Live.
This is a debate organised by The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and Sony Pictures in conjunction with the English-Speaking Union.
In attendance will be special guest ROLAND EMMERICH, director of the forthcoming film, Anonymous, scheduled for release on 30 September and set to stir the long-running controversy about the authorship of the world’s best-known plays. You can check out the informal debate to hear the evidence for and against the man from Stratford as the event will be streamed live at…
‘This House believes that William Shakespeare of Stratford-upon-Avon wrote the plays and poems attributed to him.’
Professor Stanley Wells, Chairman of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Michael Dobson, Professor of Shakespeare Studies at Birkbeck College, University of London and Paul Edmondson, Head of Learning and Research at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust will speak FOR the motion.
Roland Emmerich, director of Anonymous, Charles Beauclerk, Author, Lecturer, President of the De Vere Society and Dr William Leahy, Head of the School of Arts at Brunel University will OPPOSE the motion.
CHAIRPERSON James Probert
ANONYMOUS OPENS NATIONWIDE ON 30th SEPTEMBER 2011
Starring – Rhys Ifans, Vanessa Redgrave, Joely Richardson, David Thewlis, Xavier Samuel, Sebastian Armesto, Rafe Spall, Edward Hogg, Jamie Campbell Bower and Derek Jacobi
Set in the political snake-pit of Elizabethan England, Anonymous speculates on an issue that has for centuries intrigued academics and brilliant minds ranging from Mark Twain and Charles Dickens to Henry James and Sigmund Freud, namely: who was the author of the plays credited to William Shakespeare? Experts have debated, books have been written, and scholars have devoted their lives to protecting or debunking theories surrounding the authorship of the most renowned works in English literature. Anonymous poses one possible answer, focusing on a time when cloak-and-dagger political intrigue, illicit romances in the Royal Court, and the schemes of greedy nobles hungry for the power of the throne were exposed in the most unlikely of places: the London stage.