• Mark Rylance, whom critics call the greatest Shakespeare actor of his generation, believes that Shakespeare is not one man, but a group of authors who wrote under his name.
      Rylance is part of a very distinguished and growing group of theatre actors, writers and directors who are convinced that Shakespeare could not have been one author. The question of Shakespeare authorship is an old controversy — there are several books on the subject — but what has given the authorship question renewed energy, focus and vitality is that Shakespeare’s most brilliant interpreter today has come to believe that it is foolish to think Shakespeare could be just one lone genius. Along with theatre legends like Derek Jacobi, he is part of a group that holds the view that Shakespeare was probably made of several writers, including the Earl of Oxford, Edward de Vere, Francis Bacon, Christopher Marlowe and Mary Sidney.

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