Rhys Ifans in Anonymous
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Film casts fresh doubt on William Shakespeare's work

A new historical thriller is re-igniting the age-old debate over the authorship of Shakespeare's body of work.

Anonymous takes the view that it was Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford, and not William Shakespeare who was in fact the true author of the famous plays.

Oxford is played by Rhys Ifans, while Queen Elizabeth I is played at different stages of her life by Vanessa Redgrave and her daughter Joely Richardson.

Talking Movies' Tom Brook reports.

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  • 20 Oct 2011
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