It’s a subject that divides a lot of people and everyone has an opinion on it.

Did William Shakespeare write Shakespeare? And if he didn’t, then who did?

These knotty questions are wrestled with, in Workshop Theatre’s latest production, the Australian premiere of Mark Rylance’s I Am Shakespeare.

The debate over the Shakespeare authorship question has been going since the middle of the 19th century, driven in part by how little we know about the man, William Shakespeare of Stratford-upon-Avon, outside of his plays and sonnets.

In the play, philosopher Sir Francis Bacon and Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, are presented as alternative authors of the works.