I Am Shakespeare

By Mark Rylance

I Am Shakespeare
 
Paperback, 104 pages Online Price:
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ISBN: 9781848422698
Format: 198mm x 129mm
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Published: 12th July 2012
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Category: Comedy, Drama, English, Fantasy & supernatural, Full length plays, Historical, Modern drama (post-1945)

Series: NHB Modern Plays

Cast Notes: 1f 6-9m

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Staging: Can be simply staged
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Downloadable Guide Sheet: IAmShakespeare.pdf

A fascinating, witty and characteristically exuberant dramatic exploration of the Shakespeare authorship debate.

Is it possible that the son of an illiterate tradesman, from a small market town in Warwickshire, could have written the greatest dramatic works the world has ever seen? It’s a question that has puzzled scholars, theatre practitioners and theatregoers for many years. The philosopher, Francis Bacon; the Earl of Oxford, Edward de Vere; and Mary Sidney, Countess of Pembroke: all of them have been put forward as the real author of the plays. But why would they hide behind an anonymous actor? Who was the real Bard of Stratford? Why should we care?

Mark Rylance is one of a number of leading actors who seriously question the idea that William Shakespeare was the man behind the thirty-seven plays that have moved, inspired and amazed generations.

First performed at Chichester Festival Theatre in 2007, Rylance’s provocative play introduces us to four candidates and their respective claims – whilst asking fundamental questions about what makes a genius, and why it all matters anyway.

Companies wishing to use Claire van Kampen's music written for the original production should contact the Performing Rights Manager.

Read Mark Rylance's blog post about the play.

‘Witty, gloriously funny and wonderfully well-written… the best thing I have seen for years’

- The Stage

Mark Rylance is one of the most acclaimed actors of his generation. He has played many of the great Shakespearean roles, both for the Royal Shakespeare Company and as Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe in London. He has won numerous awards in London and on Broadway, most famously for Jez Butterworth’s Jerusalem, in which he created the role of Johnny ‘Rooster’ Byron. I Am Shakespeare is his first play.

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