Tag Archives: The English-Speaking Union

Mayfare Shakespeare

It’s the festival season. I happened to see my friend Peter Kyle the other day. As well as being Chairman of The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust (and former C.E.O. of Shakespeare’s Globe), he’s Director General of The English-Speaking Union which has one of the loveliest HQ of any I know: Dartmouth House, just off Berkley Square […]

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60 Minutes with Shakespeare

For true Shakespearians, there is no question that Shakespeare wrote Shakespeare; no debate; no issue. There is a significant mass of historical evidence. His name, or those of the theatre companies for whom he worked, appears on many title-pages; he had an aristocratic patron, the Earl of Southampton; he is described as a writer by […]

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Shakespeare Wins the Debate: Part 3

I thought you’d like to read Professor Michael Dobson’s contribution to the debate about the Shakespeare authorship issue which The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust took part in at The English-Speaking Union a couple of weeks ago. The last couple of posts on this issue created quite a lot of discussion. Michael takes up the post of […]

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Shakespeare Wins the Debate: Part 2

On Monday (3 June) I was the opening speaker at a debate held at the English-Speaking Union headquarters in London at which the motion was ‘This house believes that William Shakespeare of Stratford-upon-Avon wrote the plays and poems attributed to him’. The other speakers in favour of the motion were Paul Edmondson and Michael Dobson; […]

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Shakespeare of Stratford Wins the Debate!

Last night, in association with Sony Pictues, I took part in a debate at The English-Speaking Union in London: ‘This House Believes that William Shakespeare of Stratford-upon-Avon wrote the plays and poems attributed to him.’ Stanley Wells and Michael Dobson joined me in proposing the motion. Speaking against were the Hollywood director Roland Emmerich, whose […]

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