London Pass BlogBack to Blog
London attractions: Fakespeare?
Published: Friday 15th of March 2013
For hundreds of years, many have questioned whether Shakespeare actually wrote his plays or not. As ‘anti-stratfordians’ accumulate conspiracy theories that William Shakespeare was not the real author behind his famous plays, mythology is building around this fantastic man and his spectacular plays.
The main theory behind the movement is that Shakespeare decided to take the place of the real author who did not want to be publically credited to the works. The first theories came in the mid-19th century when Shakespeare was beginning to be considered a ‘literary genius’. Suspicion came when scholars started studying into William’s life and saw that his humble background was incompatible with his elaborate and emotionally rich stories. Having lacked a real education or familiarity with the royal court, many believed that it just was not feasible for Shakespeare to be able to write such plays.
There have been a series of individuals who have been suggested as the ‘real’ author. This includes the 17th Earl of Oxford, Francis Bacon, the 6th Earl of Derby, and Christopher Marlowe. In total, over 70 names have been suggested, even though the general academic belief in the 21st century has been that these are just conspiracies.
Make up your own mind this spring and take a Shakespeare's Globe Theatre Tour when thinking of things to do in London. The phrase ‘to be or not to be’ has never been truer.
Posted by Kevin Smith
Follow The London Pass blog to learn about the latest news with attractions, sights and sightseeing events in the city. As well as useful tips, hints and advice for visitors to the city and how to make the most of your sightseeing time in London. We hope you enjoy…
Monday 18th of February 2013 Westminster Abbey is one of the capital's premier attractions.
Monday 18th of February 2013 The Original London Sightseeing Tour is one of the best ways to get around a number of London attractions quickly.
Sunday 17th of February 2013 People seeking things to do in London could opt for a trip to Wembley Stadium - one of the capital's best sporting attractions.
Saturday 16th of February 2013 Art lovers looking for things to do in London will not want to pass up on the opportunity to see Lichtenstein: A Retrospective at the Tate Modern.
Tuesday 12th of February 2013 When in London, enjoy the Rock n Roll Walking Tour.
Monday 11th of February 2013 Visitors to Shakespeare's Globe Theatre will be taken on an intriguing trip back in time to the rowdy London of Elizabethan England.
Monday 11th of February 2013 Enjoy HMS Belfast, one of the top London attractions.
Wednesday 6th of February 2013 The British Music Experience is hosting an exhibition to mark the 40th anniversary of the formation of The Jam.
Tuesday 5th of February 2013 The Royal Albert Hall is to host the fantastic opera Carmen from February 21st until March 3rd.
Monday 4th of February 2013 When it comes to London attractions, Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum is one of the most exciting for sports fans.
Friday 1st of February 2013 Mingle amongst the stars of TV and film at Eltham Palace.