Celebrating the 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare’s Official Final Curtain
Along with the usual celebrations, talk, and articles of the traditional Shakespeare of Stratford, there were several from the non-Stratfordian groups, as previously announced.
But before mentioning them, I just want to point out how not only are the scholars of both sides in agreement that Shakespeare, the Author, has purposely erased clear indications of himself for the most part from all of his works, but he also sanctioned and recommended such self-erasing. I came across this while reading Macbeth. At the end of Act 2, Scene 3 he has Malcolm say:
“But shift away. There’s warrant in that theft
Which steals itself when there’s no mercy left.”
So, we know that Marlowe certainly had such a ‘warrant’. And so did Francis Bacon as he mentioned once that his life had been threatened. Oxford too seems to have had warrant for later in his life for hiding his authorship. In any case, the Author clearly approved of this if there seemed some justification for it.
Now to the latest news stories:
Sir Derek Jacobi and Mark Rylance discuss The Declaration of Reasonable Doubt
On the occasion of the 400th anniversary of the death of Mr. William Shakspere of Stratford, Sir Derek Jacobi and Mark Rylance reaffirm their support for the Declaration of Reasonable Doubt About the Identity of William Shakespeare, which they launched in the UK in a signing ceremony in Chichester, West Sussex,
Note, they both describe when and how they became doubters in the first place as well as some of the characteristics they see in whomever was the true Author.. They also mention how the Declaration of Reasonable Doubt has been updated in response to some criticisms of it, showing their openness to revise their stance as new facts or logical arguments come in. You can read more about that here:
Then there was also a 7 minute interview on NPR;s Morning Edition:
2 Shakespearean Actors Revive Debate Over The Bard’s Identity
which can also be listened to as a podcast on Broadway_World.com: