Questions over whether Shakespeare actually wrote his plays have been around since the 19th century, and several possible candidates, usually other known playwrights, have been put forward as well as De Vere.
Edward de Vere One of several candidates for Shakespearean authorship. Part of the argument stems from doubts that Shakespeare, who was from an ordinary family in Stratford-upon-Avon and probably had a grammar school education, could ever have produced such complex tapestries of language, laden with scholarly references and suggesting sophisticated knowledge as well as imagination.
Shakespeare wrote three different kinds of plays — comedies funny playstragedies sad plays and histories plays about a real person. Luckily for him, a few leading actors like Derek Jacobi have sympathy with the Oxfordian argument, and add a touch of credibility to the film. Theories abound. Emmerich conceded that he did not actually enjoy Shakespeare as required reading in school, and none of it stuck.
I'm not necessarily convinced that Oxford is the author of these plays," said actor Rhys Ifans of the Earl of Oxford, the character he plays in the film. Stories, plays and poems take on a life of their own when they are sent out into the world, and everyone interprets them differently.
If there was ever a contender for the greatest writer in the English Language, it would be William Shakespeare.
A different colour flag would be flown from the top of the theatre so people would know which play was about to be performed — white meant a comedy would be performed, red a history, and black or dark colours meant a tragedy.