“Last Will. & Testament” to be Launched in the United Kingdom
First Folio Pictures has announced that the Shakespeare authorship
documentary Last Will. & Testament is scheduled to air in the United
Kingdom on Saturday 21 April 2012 at 8:00pm on Sky Arts 2 HD.
Congratulations, folks! Special hoorays for producer-directors Lisa
Wilson and Laura Wilson Matthias ... and Aaron Boyd!
Here’s some of the promotional copy:
Was Will Shakspere, the grain dealer from Stratford, really the
literary icon we celebrate today?
The traditional story of a Stratford merchant writing for the London
stage has held sway for centuries, but questions over the authorship
of Shakespeare’s plays and poems have persisted.
Why is there no definitive evidence of authorship that dates from his
lifetime? And why are there discrepancies between the alleged author’s
life and the content of his work?
Ben Jonson in the First Folio: "Reader, looke Not on his Picture, but
Writers and critics, actors and scholars, including Mark Twain,
Sigmund Freud, Charlie Chaplin, Orson Welles, Leslie Howard, and Derek
Jacobi, have struggled to reconcile England’s ‘Star of Poets’ with the
glove maker’s son from Stratford.
In Last Will. & Testament Sir Derek Jacobi leads a host of actors,
academics and historians on a hunt for the truth: who was William
Time's glory is to calm contending kings,
To unmask falsehood and bring truth to light.
- William Shakespeare, The Rape of Lucrece
Act One explores the orthodox story of William “Shakspere” of
Stratford and the long-standing views held by academia.
Act Two is a testament to an alternative Shakespeare - one presented
to the world in the literary works themselves and in the testimony of
his most insightful doubters.
Act Three weaves together the major historical events of the late
Tudor era, including the crisis of succession and the Essex revolt.
Sir Derek Jacobi, Actor
Charles Beauclerk, Author of Shakespeare's Lost Kingdom
Prof. Roger Stritmatter, PhD, Coppin State University
Vanessa Redgrave, Actor
Prof. Jonathan Bate, CBE, Oxford University
Prof. Stanley Wells, CBE, Honorary President of the Shakespeare
Diana Price, Author of Shakespeare's Unorthodox Biography: New
Evidence of an Authorship Problem
Assoc. Prof. Michael Delahoyde, Washington State University
Dr William Leahy, Brunel University
Prof. Daniel Wright, Director - Shakespeare Authorship Research
Centre, Concordia University
Mark Rylance, Actor
Bill Boyle, librarian at New England Shakespeare Oxford Library
Jon Culverhouse, Curator of Collections & Conservation at Burghley
G. J. Meyer, Author of The Tudors
William Cecil, 8th Marquess of Exeter (descendant of Elizabethan
statesman William Cecil, Lord Burghley)
Hank Whittemore, Author of The Monument - a 900-page edition of