John Hudson’s well-researched book certainly puts forward a compelling case for the author of the cannon being a new candidate – Amelia Bassano Lanier, who was the mistress of the Tudor court’s Lord Henry Hunson: the Lord Chamberlain and the man in charge of English theatre during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.
The idea that Shakespeare (as we think we know him) did not write the cannon of works attributed to his name is not new. Various authors including: The Earl of Oxford Edward de Vere, Christopher Marlowe, Sir Francis Bacon, William Stanley the 6th Earl of Derby, the Earl of Rutland, Mary Sidney, the Countess of Pembroke, Henry Neville, Thomas Sackville, and even Queen Elizabeth I, have been at various times proposed as the actual authors of the plays and poetry published under the name ‘William Shakespeare’.
Post-Festival Fleurieu, Sealand’s artistic director Dr Kathryn Pentecost will finally have time to return to her unfinished play, and to work on some short filmic narratives – in the form of monologues and duologues. One of Sealand’s actors is also a great fan of ‘the bard’s’ prose and happy to tease out the potential controversy in the idea that a woman is the real author of the Shakespearian cannon.
Pentecost is now seeking additional cast members who have the linguistic skills and confidence to participate in her new project. For further details, serious contenders can contact her on 0457.863.272 (or email a c.v. and photograph headed Shakespeare's Secret) to arrange a personal audition.