Was the author a grain-dealer named William Shakespeare born in Stratford-upon-Avon or Edward de Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford?
Why there was a 400 year-old conspiracy to hide the true author?
This program provides a stimulating and controversial point of view that is bound to provoke classroom discussion and independent study of the Authorship issue of Shakespeare. Drawing on original 16th century documents and the Oxford Bible, this film investigates the lives of both Edward de Vere and William Shakespeare of Stratford-upon-Avon. Revealing the former as someone who already in his own lifetime was revered as a master of comedies, and the latter as a man who led a double life (prosperous merchant at home, well-paid front man to the Elizabethan era's greatest poet in London), this documentary examines the current scholarship on the subject. Featuring Sir Derek Jacobi, Tony Award Winner & Veteran of the London Stage. Grades 9-12. 50 minutes on DVD.