A live webcast has been scheduled for Wednesday, September 28 from 8:15 – 9:15pm Pacific Time with Anonymous director Roland Emmerich, writer/producer John Orloff and historian/writer/lecturer Charles Beauclerk on the Shakespeare authorship debate.
Emmerich, Orloff and Beauclerk will face off against UC Berkeley’s Professor Alan H. Nelson in the webcast, which you will be able to watch using the player below.
Set in the political snake-pit of Elizabethan England, Anonymous speculates on an issue that has for centuries intrigued academics and brilliant minds such as Mark Twain, Charles Dickens, and Sigmund Freud, namely: who actually created the body of work credited to William Shakespeare? Experts have debated, books have been written, and scholars have devoted their lives to protecting or debunking theories surrounding the authorship of the most renowned works in English literature. Anonymous poses one possible answer, focusing on a time when scandalous political intrigue, illicit romances in the Royal Court, and the schemes of greedy nobles lusting for the power of the throne were brought to light in the most unlikely of places: the London stage.
Opening in theaters on October 28, the film stars Rhys Ifans, Vanessa Redgrave, Joely Richardson, David Thewlis, Xavier Samuel, Sebastian Armesto, Rafe Spall, Edward Hogg, Jamie Campbell Bower and Derek Jacobi.