Opinion PUBLISHED: 11:00 17 April 2019 | UPDATED: 11:25 17 April 2019 Lynne Mortimer A Midsummer Night's Dream is set in Athens but it could just as well have been Thetford Forest... Picture: The Pantaloons Archant Not everyone believes that William Shakespeare wrote the plays attributed to him and here are some of the reasons why. Sir Derek Jacobi - here filming in Kersey, Suffolk - thinks Shakespeare was not the playwright. Picture: JAMES FLETCHERThere is a view - which I do not share - that William Shakespeare did not write the plays for which he is famous.Yes, there were well-known contributors, but substantially, I am convinced the works are his whatever the deniers, some of them distinguished scholars, writers and acclaimed theatrical artists, may say.Deniers (listed by shakespeareoxfordfellowship.org) include Charlie Chaplin, Mark Twain, Daphne du Maurier, Sigmund Freud, Sir Derek Jacobi, Henry James, Orson Welles, Charles de Gaulle, Benjamin … [Read more...] about Francis Bacon, Edward de Vere or William Shakespeare who wrote Hamlet?
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Albert Finney, the legendary Oscar nominated actor of Tom Jones, Erin Brockovich and Skyfall fame has died at the age of 82.The Sun reports that Finney passed away yesterday, it was confirmed.Details of his death have not yet been revealed but in 2011 it was revealed he was fighting kidney cancer.Born in the Salford village of Pendelton on May 9, 1936, Finney grew up as the son of a successful bookkeeper, attending local schools before gaining a place studying drama at RADA.At the start of his career he was known as primarily a theatre actor and was frequently cast in William Shakespeare plays.But before long his versatility and ability to step into any role — no matter what the characters’ age, nationality or background — made him a popular choice for directors as well as co-actors.His first film appearance was in The Entertainer in 1960, where he appeared alongside Laurence Olivier.He would make his breakthrough in the same year with the portrayal of a disillusioned … [Read more...] about Erin Brockovich star dead at 82
ALBERT Finney, the legendary Oscar nominated actor of Tom Jones, Erin Brockovich and Skyfall fame has died at the age of 82. A family spokesman today confirmed he passed away after a short illness. Details of his death have not yet been released but in 2011 it was revealed he was fighting kidney cancer. Born in the Salford village of Pendelton on May 9, 1936, Finney grew up as the son of a successful book-keeper, attending local schools before gaining a place studying drama at RADA. At the start of his career he was known as primarily a theatre actor and was frequently cast in William Shakespeare plays. But before long his versatility and ability to step into any role - no matter what the characters' age, nationality or background - made him a popular choice for directors as well as co-actors. He rose to fame in the 'kitchen sink' era which celebrated"northern" material in the late 1950s. His first film appearance was in John Osborne's The Entertainer in 1960, where he appeared … [Read more...] about Albert Finney dead aged 82 – Oscar-nominated movie legend who starred in classics Skyfall, Annie and Erin Brockovich dies
KENNETH Branagh is making a return to the big screen with yet another impressive movie, All Is True. Let's take a look at the talented star's background, award-winning movies, and infamous affair with Helena Bonham Carter. How old is Kenneth Branagh and what is his background? Kenneth Branagh is an Olivier, Emmy and BAFTA Award winning actor and director of stage and screen. Born in Belfast in December 1960, his family moved to Reading, Berkshire to escape the Troubles when Kenneth was nine. The star acquired Received Pronunciation at school to avoid bullying. Kenneth, who is the middle of his parents' three children, trained in his craft at London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA). His contemporaries included Alan Rickman, Juliet Stevenson, and Fiona Shaw, and throughout the 1980s Kenneth performed in numerous stage productions. Known for his Shakespeare roles, Kenneth went on to make a wide range of films and TV, including Disney reboots, Scandi crime drama remakes, Marvel … [Read more...] about How old is Kenneth Branagh, who does he play in All Is True and did he have an affair with Helena Bonham Carter?
ALL Is True is a film which explores the retirement of English playwright Shakespeare. Here's everything you need to know about when it's out and who stars in it... When is All Is True released? All Is True will be released in the UK on February 8, 2019. It will also be the opening feature at the 2019 Palm Springs Film Festival. The movie has been written by Ben Elton. He also wrote the sitcom Upstart Crow in which Shakespeare is played by David Mitchell. What is All Is True about? All Is True is about Shakespeare's life post-retirement. The synopsis reads: "The year is 1613, Shakespeare is acknowledged as the greatest writer of the age. "But disaster strikes when his renowned Globe Theatre burns to the ground, and devastated, Shakespeare returns to Stratford, where he must face a troubled past and a neglected family. "Haunted by the death of his only son Hamnet, he struggles to mend the broken relationships with his wife and daughters. "In so doing, he is ruthlessly forced to examine … [Read more...] about All is True – what’s the Shakespeare movie’s release date, who’s in the cast and what’s it about?