Shakespeare was a man of means, with a well-rounded education -Oxford graduates as his teachers, his father was the mayor of Stratford and he wrote 8 plays after the Earl of Oxford died .The only other possible theory was that Christpher Marlowe may have staged his own death and lived secretly in Italy and co-authored the plays with Shakepeare. In the end who cares-this mystery only adds to the fascination of this awesome unraveler of the human condition .
Last night I saw the splendid and haunting BBC production of the The Hollow Crown -Richard II in the openair courtyard of The British Museum during their Shakespeare season.Maybe to relieve myself of the intensity of Ben Wishlaws portrayal of the frail boy-king, I kept on gazing up at the pillars of the museum and pinching myself to see if this was real or just a Midsummers Dream....... I had vivid memories of my mother and father quoting famous lines in relation to their life experiences .
My partner has the same recerence for Shakespeare as well. He had an English teacher who was an Oxford graduate and he remembered the power and beauty of the words as his teacher spoke them even though he didnt undertsand what they meant..this was 50 years ago. in a Middle Eastern desert city ....in the hands of the Bard, theatre has power in any language ..recently theatre companies from around the world performed the plays in their own languages at The Globe--
..All the world is a Stage...rings true again..