For four hundred years, doubts have been recorded about whether William Shakespeare actually wrote the works attributed to him. This website offers the chance to explore different arguments for the most prominent authorship candidates. Cases are presented for the following:
Group Theory of Authorship, Francis Bacon, Edward de Vere, Christopher Marlowe, Henry Neville, William Shakspere, Mary Sidney Herbert, and William Stanley.

Link and image of Francis Bacon Link and image of Edward de Vere
Link and image of William Stanley Link and image of Christopher Marlowe
Link and image of Henry Neville Link and image of Mary Sidney
Link and image of William Shakspere Link and image of Group Theory

Welcome

We hope this website serves as a crossroads and meeting place. If you don't know what the fuss is about go to Why the Question? and read the Declaration of Reasonable Doubt. Who we are and What we do will tell you of our past activities and future plans. If you are interested in finding out more, upcoming lectures and related events can be found under News and Events. If you want to go straight to your favourite candidate just click on the face or name. If you cannot find your candidate here and know of a website we could link to here at the crossroads, contact us. You can also follow us on Twitter @ShakeAuthTrust.

Yours in doubt
Mark Rylance
Trustee of the Shakespearean Authorship Trust


The Shakespearean Authorship Trust is a registered charity dedicated to discovering the truth about the authorship of the works we know as William Shakespeare's. You can help:

Recommended Books

We recommend three books to anyone interesting in discovering more about the Shakespeare Authorship Question. All were financially assisted by the Shakespearean Authorship Trust, or created by the Trust's board members.

PAPERBACK: Shakespeare's Unorthodox Biography: New Evidence of an Authorship Problem by Diana Price
Shakespeare's Unorthodox BiographyFor those new to the Authorship controversy, this book will help you understand and appreciate why the Question exists at all. The author does not promote any alternative candidate, but clearly analyses the evidence for suggesting that Shakespeare's authorship of all the plays and poems conventionally attributed to him can reasonably be called into doubt. For those familiar with the Authorship Question, Diana Price's brilliant book is affordable at last! Buy it at Amazon.com or Amazon UK

E-BOOK: Shakespeare: The Evidence by Ros Barber
Shakespeare The EvidenceShakespeare: The Evidence aims to be comprehensive resource listing all the evidence and arguments for and against William Shakspere of Stratford-upon-Avon as the author of the works attributed to him. Searchable and hyperlinked to numerous web-based resources, you can access it in all electronic formats, whether Kindle, nook, smartphone, tablet, laptop or PC. Print out pages of the PDF version and use it as you wish. Contribute evidence, arguments and counter-arguments. Read a free sample and get involved at   leanpub.com/Shakespeare.

If you want to see detailed arguments for various theories side by side, we recommend the following book edited by Chair of the Shakespearean Authorsthip Trust, Professor William Leahy.

My Shakespeare, edited by Prof William Leahy
My Shakespeare My Shakespeare: The Authorship Controversy presents arguments for William Shakespeare (Prof Alan Nelson) alongside those for William Shakspere (Diana Price), the Earl of Oxford (Alexander Waugh), Sir Francis Bacon (Dr Barry Clarke), Christopher Marlowe (Dr Ros Barber), Mary Sidney (Dr Robin Williams) Sir Henry Neville (Dr John Casson, Prof William Rubenstein and David Ewald), and group authorship (Prof William Leahy). The book is available on Amazon or can be ordered through you local library or bookshop.

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News and Forthcoming Events

March 2019
'A Scientific Approach to the Authorship Question' published in Sage Open journal
Following the recent death of Dr John Casson, our attention was drawn to his final co-authored publication, in Sage Open. You can read the article here. Dr Casson was one of the key proponents of the Neville theory.

January 10 2019
Dating Shakespeare website goes live
A website which details the possible date ranges for all of Shakespeare's plays -- based on the book 'Dating Shakepseare's Plays: A Critical Review of the Evidence' edited by SAT Trustee Dr Kevin Gilvary -- has gone live. For more details see datingshakespeare.co.uk.

October 21 2018
Booking Opens for our 2018 Conference on 17th September
This year's conference title is 'The Merciful Construction of Good Women: Gender, Shakespeare, and Authorship. Hosted at Shakespeare's Globe in London, it includes an all-female roster of speakers focusing on the subjects including Emilia Bassano Lanier, Rouse's 'Dark Lady'. Leading Shakespearean actors will talk about playing Shakespeare's women, including Mark Rylance. For more details see our conference page.

Sep 15 2018
Authorship Debate in Wiltshire
On Saturday September 15th at 6.30pm, Alexander Waugh will engage in a debate on the Shakespeare authorship question with Clare, Countess of Oxford and Asquith at historic Mells Park near Frome. The debate, which is part of a Shakespeare Weekend will be chaired by Professor Gerard Kilroy. On Sunday September 16th at 2.00pm Illyria's The Merchant of Venice is performed in The Elizabethan Playhouse at Corsley. Tickets which include food and drink are £30 for each event. Proceeds to charity including The Shakespearean Authorship Trust. For more details and to book tickets, visit Shakespeare Weekend.

April 2018
Brunel University hosts Shakespeare Week
From 23 - 26 April, Brunel University will be hosting Shakespeare Week, a series of events dedicated to Shakespeare and focused on the authorship question. Events include Sir Mark Rylance and friends reading from 'I Am Shakespeare', a debate between Professor Alan Nelson and Dr Ros Barber, Alexander Waugh presenting a talk called 'Shakespeare Was a Fake ... and I can prove it', and Prof William Leahy and Prof Tom Betteridge discussion 'Brexit, Trump and the Bard's Legacy: Do Shakespeare's play still matter?' Apart from Sir Mark Rylance's event, tickets are free. For more details and to book tickets, visit Shakespeare week.

March 21 2018
New Book: My Shakespeare, edited by Prof William Leahy
My Shakespeare: The Authorship Controversy presents arguments for William Shakespeare (Prof Alan Nelson) alongside those for William Shakspere (Diana Price), the Earl of Oxford (Alexander Waugh), Sir Francis Bacon (Dr Barry Clarke), Christopher Marlowe (Dr Ros Barber), Mary Sidney (Dr Robin Williams) Sir Henry Neville (Dr John Casson, Prof William Rubenstein and David Ewald), and group authorship (Prof William Leahy). The book is available on Amazon or can be ordered through you local library or bookshop.

Feb 19 2018
University of London launches online course on the Shakespeare Authorship Question
Goldsmiths, University of London has launched the world's first MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on the Shakespeare Authorship Question>. The course is launched on the Coursera platform, which has 26 million registered users. The four-week course, which focuses on the central question of whether the traditionally ascribed author wrote the works of Shakespeare, is completely free and globally accessible. The course will have a rolling registration, meaning that students can register to take it at any time. For more details see Coursera Introduction to Who Wrote Shakespeare.

October 29 2017
Booking Opens for our 2017 Conference on 25th September
This year's conference title is 'What's The New News At The New Court?': Developments in the Authorship Question'. Hosted at Shakespeare's Globe in London, it showcases new research in the authorship question from some of the UK's leading researchers in the field, focused on four of the leading authorship candidates. It also features readings of key texts by Mark Rylance and other notable Shakespearean actors. This conference has sold out for the last few years, so don't be disappointed: make a date in your diary to book your tickets! For more details see our conference page.

September 21 2017
The Great Shakespeare Debate
In a major London event this autumn, leading non-Stratfordian Alexander Waugh will debate leading Stratfordian Sir Jonathan Bate OBE on the question of whether or not there is solid evidence supporting the Stratford man's authorship of the works. "Join celebrated Stratfordian Jonathan Bate and anti-Stratfordian Alexander Waugh for an impassioned debate on the most beguiling and unputdownable literary mystery of them all." Moderated by Hermione Eyre. Buy tickets at Who Wrote Shakespeare?

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