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.
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:
We recommend two books to anyone interesting in discovering more about the Shakespeare Authorship Question. Both were financially assisted by the Shakespearean Authorship Trust.
PAPERBACK: Shakespeare's Unorthodox Biography: New Evidence of an Authorship Problem by Diana Price For 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 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.
News and Forthcoming Events
October 20 2016 Booking Opens for 2016 Conference
Today, booking opens for our annual conference. This year's conference title is 'Who's There?': Shakespeare Biography, Biografiction and Bardolatry'. 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 and features readings of key texts by Mark Rylance and other notable Shakespearean actors. Our international guest this year is Canadian author and actor Keir Cutler. This conference has sold out for the last fe years, so don't be disappointed: book your tickets now! For more details see our conference page.
April 6 2016 The Bard didn't use Warwickshire dialect - so was he really Shakespeare?
An article in The Conversation by Director of Research of the Shakespearean Authorship Trust, Dr Ros Barber, summarises her recent research into the claims that Shakespeare used Warwickshire dialect, a key argument of those who defend the traditional authorship of Shakespeare's works. In summary, not one of the claims for the two dozen words and phrases claimed to be Warwickshire dialect in sources including Stanley Wells and Paul Edmondson's Shakespeare Beyond Doubt (Cambridge University Press) and Michael Wood's In Search of Shakespeare (BBC Books) stand up to scrutiny. Read the article here.
March 23 2016 What Shakespeare, Jesus and Mickey Mouse Have in Common
An article in The Conversation by Chair of the Shakespearean Authorship Trust, Professor William Leahy, discusses the level of myth being promoted by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. As the 400th anniversary of the Stratford man's death approaches, celebrations centre around Stratford-on-Avon. But as tourists pay to explore houses claimed to be William Shakspere's birthplace, the childhood home of his wife, and the marital home of his daughter Susannah, does it matter that there is no evidence whatsoever that he or his family lived in any of them? Read the article here.
September 23 2015 The Jefferson Exchange
While attending the Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship conference in Ashland, Oregon, three leading British sceptics - Dr Ros Barber and Dr Kevin Gilvary of the Shakespearean Authorship Trust, and Alexander Waugh of the Shakespeare Authorship Coalition - appeared on Jefferson Public Radio to talk about the evidence (and the absence of evidence) that underpins the Shakespeare authorship question. You can listen to the podcast on the SAT's YouTube Channel.
September 22 2015 30-Second Shakespeare
Part of the successful 30-Second Series of books, 30-Second Shakespeare: 50 Key Aspects of His Work, Life and Legacy is published by Ivy Press, to be officially launched in November. Edited by the SAT's Director of Research Dr Ros Barber, and with a Foreword by Mark Rylance, with contributions from both non-Stratfordian and orthodox Shakespearean scholars, 30-Second Shakespeare focuses on the author and the plays, with a neutral stance on authorship. As such, it is book suitable for all lovers of Shakespeare, no matter who they believe him to be. For further details, see the book's page on Amazon.
April 30 2014 The Shakespeare Authorship Question - Does This Matter?
On 30th April 2014 at the Ye Olde Cock Tavern, a panel of experts on the subject explained to the general public why exactly it does matter who wrote Shakespeare, the details of the question and it's broader relevance to society at large.
On the panel were Professor William Leahy of Brunel University in London, Dr Ros Barber (author of "The Marlowe Papers" and "Shakespeare: The Evidence"), Professor Alan H.Nelson (author of "Monstrous Adversary"), Dr Duncan Salkeld (author of "Madness and Drama in the Age of Shakespeare"), Alexander Waugh of the Shakspeare Authorship Coalition and actor and writer Alain English of the Central London Debating Society. See a report on the event on Mr Steerpike's Spectator blog.
April 27 2014 Prince Philip revealed as authorship sceptic
Click on the title to see the related article in the UK's Daily Mail. The report states that when Professor Stanley Wells of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust asked Prince Philip if he was a heretic, the prince replied 'All the more so after reading your book'.
September 2013 Shakespeare: The Hidden Truth
Jorgen Friberg's full-length documentary feature, Shakespeare: The Hidden Truth, had its UK premiere at the Cambridge Film Festival on 22 September 2013. This film documents the research of Norwegian polymath Petter Amundssen on Francis Bacon's involvement in the production of the First Folio, sceptically examined by Stratfordian scholar Robert Crompton.
Last Will. & Testament, the major documentary which had an advance screening at the SAT Gathering held at Shakespeare's Globe in November 2011, was shown on Sky Arts 2 on Monday 19th August 2013. See here.
For further information on the advance screening of the film, go to our Conference page.