Will the real Shakespeare please stand up?

The so-called Chandos portrait of William Shakespeare, the first one to be acquired by the National Portrait Gallery in 1856. (©Wikipedia)

The question surrounding the authorship of plays and sonnets by William Shakespeare has been debated for centuries. Two books take very different points of view on the issue. Amsterdam-based author, Rodney Bolt, explores the possibility that Christopher Marlowe wrote the plays. Harvard University professor Stephen Greenblatt is convinced that it was no one other than Shakespeare himself. The two writers face-off in a debate hosted by 19th century American humorist Mark Twain who once wrote: “Shakespeare of Stratford-on-Avon never wrote a play in his life”.

Producer: David Swatling

Broadcast: February 28, 2005