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…
Tuesday 22nd of January 2013 M&M's World is a must-see for chocolate fans visiting the English capital.
Monday 21st of January 2013 The National Theatre is one of the busiest performance spaces in London.
Sunday 20th of January 2013 People looking for things to do in London could opt for a trip to the National Maritime Museum.
Saturday 19th of January 2013 London Brass Rubbing Centre is a great attraction for families.
Friday 18th of January 2013 St Paul's Cathedral is one of the iconic landmarks of London, and one of the best places to go for a stunning view of the capital.
Thursday 17th of January 2013 People looking for things to do in London could visit a precious collection of intriguing art at Ranger's House.
Thursday 17th of January 2013 The Courtauld Gallery is one of the top London attractions for art lovers to visit.
Wednesday 16th of January 2013 People looking for things to do in London could opt for a visit to Kew Gardens and see the stunning orchid display.
Wednesday 16th of January 2013 The Medieval Banquet is a thoroughly entertaining and enjoyable experience.
Tuesday 15th of January 2013 While on a visit to London it's not hard to spot beautiful Victorian and Georgian buildings lining...
Monday 14th of January 2013 Visitors to London will not want to pass up on the opportunity to find out more about England's most famous playwright.