The Bard Debate: did Shakespeare really write the plays?
On William Shakespeare’s birthday, we are holding a formal debate with the motion: “This House believes William Shakespeare of Stratford upon Avon wrote the plays and poems traditionally attributed to him.”
Two tireless proponents of The Bard’s back catalogue – Prof Alan Nelson from the University of Berkeley, California, and Dr Ros Barber from Goldsmith’s University – debate whether the “man from Stratford” could possibly have penned the plays now considered to be among the greatest ever written. Based upon their own rigorous research they will debate the now infamous authorship question before asking the audience to pick a side. Brunel’s own Shakespearean scholar Prof William Leahy will moderate. It’s a subject that produces passionate points of view, so we’re expecting a heated discussion.
Doors open from 6pm, with light refreshments available following the lecture.