Cast

ON-CAMERA CONTRIBUTORS IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE
DEREK JACOBI
ACTOR
Sir Derek Jacobi, CBE is an English actor, film director and outspoken supporter of the Shakespeare Authorship Question. Jacobi has enjoyed a highly successful stage career, appearing in such stage productions as Hamlet, Uncle Vanya, and Oedipus the King. He received a Tony Award for his performance in Much Ado About Nothing. His stage work also included playing Edward II, Octavius Caesar, Richard III, and Cyrano de Bergerac. In addition to being a founder member of the Royal National Theatre and winning several prestigious theatre awards, Jacobi has also enjoyed a successful television career, starring in the critically praised adaptation of Roberts Graves' I, Claudius, for which he won a BAFTA; the titular role in the acclaimed medieval drama series Brother Cadfael, and Stanley Baldwin in The Gathering Storm. Though principally a stage actor, Jacobi has appeared in a number of films, such as Henry V (1989), Dead Again (1991), Gladiator (2000), Gosford Park (2001), The Golden Compass (2007), The King's Speech (2010), and the forthcoming Hippie Hippie Shake. Like Laurence Olivier, he holds two knighthoods, Danish and British.
CHARLES BEAUCLERK
AUTHOR, SHAKESPEARE'S LOST KINGDOM
Charles Beauclerk graduated from Hertford College, Oxford in 1989 with a first-class degree in modern languages. While there he set up the De Vere Society (1986) to promote interest in the Shakespeare Authorship Question. In 1988, in conjunction with Globe Theatre founder Sam Wanamaker, Beauclerk helped arrange the Shakespeare authorship moot court at Middle Temple Hall with opposing counsel for William of Stratford and Edward de Vere, presided over by three Law Lords. Over a period of five and a half years Beauclerk spoke on the Shakespeare Authorship Question at some 250 venues in forty two U.S. States and four Canadian provinces. He took part in three major documentaries on the authorship question: The Shakespeare Mystery (PBS/Yorkshire TV, 1989, 1992, 1996), Battle of Wills (BBC, 1994), and The Shakespeare Conspiracy (ORF, 1999). In 2010, Beauclerk authored Shakespeare's Lost Kingdom published by Grove Press.
ROGER STRITMATTER, PHD
COPPIN STATE UNIVERSITY
A student of literary history, Dr. Roger Stritmatter holds a PHD in Comparative Literature from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and an M.A. in Anthropology from the New School for Social Research. His research interests include Shakespeare and the modern imagination, the Shakespearean authorship question, censorship and literature, authorship identification theory, and the Bible as literature. His publication credits include Dialectical Anthropology, Notes and Queries, Review of English Studies, Cahiers Elisabethains, Rocky Mountain Review of Languages and Literature, Critical Survey, and (forthcoming fall 2009), The Shakespeare Yearbook. He is the general editor of Brief Chronicles, an online peer reviewed journal of Shakespearean authorship studies. His dissertation is available online at Shake-Speare'sBible.com . Stritmatter holds a BA in anthropology and journalism from The Evergreen State College.
VANESSA REDGRAVE
Actor
Vanessa Redgrave, CBE is an English actress of stage, screen and television, as well as a political activist. She rose to prominence in 1961 playing Rosalind in As You Like It with the Royal Shakespeare Company and has since made more than 35 appearances on London's West End and Broadway, winning both the Tony and Olivier Awards. On screen, she has starred in more than 80 films; including Mary, Queen of Scots, Isadora, Julia, The Bostonians, Mission: Impossible and Atonement. Redgrave was proclaimed by Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams as "the greatest living actress of our times," and she remains the only British actress ever to win the Oscar, Emmy, Tony, Cannes, Golden Globe, and the Screen Actors Guild awards. She was also the recipient of the 2010 BAFTA Fellowship "in recognition of an outstanding and exceptional contribution to film." A member of the Redgrave family of actors, she is the daughter of the late Sir Michael Redgrave and Lady Redgrave (the actress Rachel Kempson), the sister of the late Lynn Redgrave and the late Corin Redgrave, the mother of Hollywood actresses Joely Richardson and the late Natasha Richardson, and the aunt of British actress Jemma Redgrave.
JONATHAN BATE, PHD
OXFORD UNIVERSITY
Jonathan Bate, CBE FBA FRSL, Professor of Literature at the University of Warwick, is well known as a Shakespeare scholar, biographer, critic and broadcaster. In September 2011 he became Provost of Worcester College and Professor of English Literature in the University of Oxford.
STANLEY WELLS, CBE
HONORARY PRESIDENT
SHAKESPEARE BIRTHPLACE TRUST
Stanley William Wells, CBE, (born 21 May 1930) is a Shakespeare scholar and Honorary President of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. He took his first degree at University College, London, and holds honorary degrees from Furman University and the Universities of Durham, Munich, Hull, Warwick, Marburg, and Craiova.. He was Professor of Shakespeare Studies and Director of the Shakespeare Institute (University of Birmingham) from 1988–1997, and is now Emeritus Professor of Shakespeare Studies. Wells is co-editor (with Gary Taylor, John Jowett and William Montgomery) of the Oxford Complete Works and (with Michael Dobson) the Oxford Companion to Shakespeare, and has been general editor of the Oxford Shakespeare series since 1978.[1] In 2009 he appeared on BBC 4's comedy panel show 'It's Only a Theory' - defending the prevailing opinion within contemporary Shakespeare Studies that 'The plays of William Shakespeare were written by William Shakespeare of Stratford-Upon-Avon' debunking the theory that Shakespeare's plays were written by some of his contemporaries.
MICHAEL DELAHOYDE, PHD
WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY
Michael Delahoyde earned undergraduate degrees in English, Music, and Education at Vassar College in his hometown of Poughkeepsie, New York. He attended the University of Michigan through the Reagan years, emerging with a PhD. in early English literature, a bucket of dreams, and a Depression-era song in his heart. Dr. Delahoyde has been teaching Shakespeare and other English and Humanities courses at Washington State University since 1992. He served as Senior Editor of the Rocky Mountain Review of Language and Literature since 1997 and recently assumed duties as Managing Editor for the Oxfordian journal Brief Chronicles. Delahoyde has published on Shakespeare, Chaucer, dinosaur films, girls' toys, and meat ads.
DIANA PRICE
AUTHOR
SHAKESPEARE'S UNORTHODOX BIOGRAPHY
Diana Price has published a variety of articles on Shakespearean topics, including Skeptic Magazine (vol. 11:3, 2005). Her article, "Reconsidering Shakespeare's Monument" (The Review of English Studies, May 1997), introduced the first known image of Shakespeare's funerary monument. Ms. Price has lectured at the Smithsonian Institution, the University of Tennessee Law School, California State University (LA), Cleveland State University, the University of North Carolina (Greensboro), John Carroll University, Griffith University (Brisbane), the Cleveland Renaissance/Early Modern Seminar, and is a frequent guest speaker for libraries and civic organizations.
WILLIAM LEAHY, PHD
BRUNEL UNIVERSITY LONDON
Dr. William Leahy William Leahy is the Head of the School of Arts at Brurnel University London. William's research specialises in Shakespeare's History Plays and Elizabethan Processions. Bill also writes journalistic articles for the New Statesman and the Times Higher and has appeared on Radio 4. He is currently supervising PhD students in Shakespeare and Jacobean literature and in the conventions of textual presentation.
DANIEL WRIGHT, PHD
SHAKESPEARE AUTHORSHIP RESEARCH CENTRE
CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY
Professor Wright is the Director of Concordia University's Richard Paul and Jane Roe Shakespeare Authorship Research Centre through which he convenes the annual Shakespeare Authorship Studies Conference, the world's largest academic symposium dedicated to the investigation of the origins of the works by the writer who called himself Shakespeare.
MARK RYLANCE
ACTOR
Mark Rylance is an English actor, theatre director, playwright, and Trustee of the Shakespearean Authorship Trust, London. As an actor, Rylance has found success on stage and screen. For his work in theatre he has won the Olivier, two Tony Awards and a BAFTA TV Award. He was the first Artistic Director of Shakespeare's Globe in London, from 1995 to 2005.
WILLIAM BOYLE
FOUNDER, SOAR
Bill Boyle is the librarian of the New England Shakespeare Oxford Library. He was the editor of two Oxfordian Newsletters from 1996-2005 and is the founder and webmaster of several Shakespeare authorship websites, including SOAR (Shakespeare Online Authorship Resources).
JON CULVERHOUSE
CURATOR, BURGHLEY
Jon Culverhouse is the Curator of Collections & Conservation at Burghley House and is the author of Burghley published 2009. Burghley is one of the largest and grandest houses of the first Elizabethan Age. Built and mostly designed by William Cecil, Lord High Treasurer to Queen Elizabeth I, between 1555 and 1587, the main part of the House has 35 major rooms on the ground and first floors.
G.J. MEYER
AUTHOR, THE TUDORS
G. J. Meyer is a former Woodrow Wilson Fellow with an M.A. in English literature from the University of Minnesota, a onetime journalist, and holder of Harvard University’s Neiman Fellowship in Journalism. He has taught at colleges and universities in Des Moines, St. Louis, and New York. His books include A World Undone: The Story of the Great War, Executive Blues, and The Memphis Murders, winner of an Edgar Award for nonfiction from the Mystery Writers of America.
MICHAEL CECIL
PRESENT BARON BURGHLEY
William Michael Anthony Cecil, 8th Marquess of Exeter, is the son of William Cecil, 7th Marquess of Exeter. He is the current Baron Burghley and descendant of the Elizabethan statesman William Cecil, Lord Burghley.
HANK WHITTEMORE
AUTHOR, THE MONUMENT
Hank Whittemore has been an Oxfordian researcher and writer since 1990. He is the author of The Monument (2005), a 900-page edition of Shakespeare’s Sonnets demonstrating a “macro” theory to explain the form and content of the 154-sonnet sequence; and his synopsis of that work was published in 2011 as Shakespeare’s Son and His Sonnets. A former professional actor, he also performs a 90-minute one-man show based on the Monument theory, Shakespeare’s Treason. Whittemore is the author of nine other nonfiction books including The Super Cops and CNN: The Inside Story. He has written many cover stories for PARADE, the Sunday supplement, and dozens of award-winning scripts for documentary TV including the American Sportsman and the Body Human.