Will The Real Shakespeare?

Did Shakespeare write Shakespeare, or could this be, as Henry James remarked, 'the biggest and most successful fraud ever practised upon a patient world'? On his birthday, the programme explores the facts we have about Shakespeare. Are there enough to confirm his authorship? Mark Twain and Freud didn't think so. Who else could have written the works of the Bard? Robert Robinson talks to Professor Sam Schoenbaum of the University of Maryland about Shakespeare and to supporters of alternative candidates: Francis Bacon, Edward de Vere and Christopher Marlowe.


Licence: ERA Licence required

  • Type: Factual
  • Channel: BBC Two
  • Duration: 29'59''
  • Broadcast date: 1981

UK only
Staff and students of licensed education establishments only
Cannot be adapted

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