Arts
1:15 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

"Last Will. And Testament" can be seen on Sunday, October 20th at 7 pm

It’s a great literary mystery: who wrote the works of William Shakespeare? Although the official story of a Stratford merchant writing for the London box office has held sway for centuries, questions over the authorship of the plays and poems have persisted. Mark Twain, Sigmund Freud, Charlie Chaplin and Orson Welles are among the many famous figures who doubted that a grain-dealer from Stratford-Upon-Avon was England’s “Star of Poets.” Derek Jacobi leads a cast featuring literary experts and actors Vanessa Redgrave and Mark Rylance in a quest to uncover the truth about an elusive author and discovers a forgotten nobleman whose story could rewrite history.

"Last Will. And Testament" airs on Sunday, October 20th at 7:00 p.m.

The famous Ashbourne portrait, purchased by the Folger Shakespeare Library, was long believed to be a depiction of William Shakespeare. But x-ray examination in 1940 revealed that the artwork had been painted over, covering what many believe to be the lost portrait of Edward DeVere, 17th Earl of Oxford. The debate still rages as to the true identity of the subject.