HOLDEN, Mass. — Was Shakespeare a fraud? The Gale Free Library will hold a special showing of the film "Anonymous," which explores the theory that the Stratford-upon-Avon born bard was not the true writer behind the plays that bear his name today.
The PG-13 rated film was directed by Roland Emmerich (Godzilla, Independence Day) and stars Rhys Ifans, Vanessa Redgrave, Joely Richardson, David Thewlis and Xavier Samuel.
"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?... 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.”
The movie and discussion will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 29, in the Program Room at the Gale Free Library. Residents are invited to stop by or call the Reference Desk to sign up 508-210-5569