FILM'S MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING; Criticism after Movie Claims Shakespeare Wrote Nothing
Byline: Marion McMullen
IT'S going from Bard to worst for Shakespeare as a controversial new film claims the Warwickshire author never wrote a single play or sonnet.
Anonymous, which opens in cinemas on Friday, features an all-star cast and claims the Stratford bard might not have been the author of many of the most renowned works of English literature like Romeo And Juliet, Macbeth and Hamlet.
Director Roland Emmerich claims Shakespeare is a fraud and the Earl of Oxford is the true writer of the English classics.
The film has prompted a protest which has led to traces of Shakespeare being covered up across Coventry and Warwickshire.
The Bard's name was temporarily removed from pub and street signs to support a campaign against the new film. Shakespeare Birthplace Trust has criticised the forthcoming movie.
It says it wants to highlight the potential impact of the film's "conspiracy theory", that William Shakespeare was the "barely literate frontman for the Earl of Oxford". The trust taped over nine road signs bearing his name in Shakespeare's county, Warwickshire, for a day, to coincide with the film's premiere at the London Film Festival.
It covered up the Gower Memorial statue, in Shakespeare's home town of Stratford with a sheet.
The sign on The Shakespeare pub in Welford, where the author is said to have enjoyed his last drink, is one of 10 pub signs that have been covered. …