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The Shakespeare Conspiracy

From 26 member  reviews
Members say: Clever, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing

About the show

Murder, mayhem, and manhunts abound in this dramatic examination of the underbelly of London's Elizabethan theater, and the conspiracy surrounding the true authorship of the works of the Bard. More…

'The Shakespeare Conspiracy' spotlights two conspiracy theories that have fascinated historians for centuries: how could William Shakespeare become England's greatest playwright virtually overnight when he was just a nameless actor who had never written anything before? And how could Christopher Marlowe, known spy and the previous reigning playwright in England, be suspiciously murdered and quickly buried in an unmarked grave just days before he was to be tried for treason?

Part of the Fledgling Theatre Company and the Caravan Theatre Company's first annual 'Battle of the Bards' festival, honoring the work of Christopher Marlowe.

Member Reviews (26)


Clever, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing

During previews
Banal, Excruciating, Insipid, Awkward, Interesting premise

See it if you want to explore the (#fakenews) conspiracy theory about the origin of WS's works; you'd enjoy an Elizabethan gay soap opera.

Don't see it if you respect Shakespeare, Marlowe (both come off rather buffoonish here) or ur time. Note: The wood folding chairs only add to the discomfort

Also I understand the inclination by those involved in this production to "... Read more Read less

During previews
Banal, Excruciating, Insipid

See it if you care only about the conspiracy theory or prioritize gay representation onstage/in history & aren’t concerned w/ the actual drama at all

Don't see it if you don’t lower your bar for amateur gay fanfiction—the fantasy kind where no one can be straight or female (like the football team in Glee)

Also Isn’t that SUSPICIOUS?... Read more Read less

April 27th, 2018
"For those who revel in historical deceptions, the play offers a fair share of intrigue and conspiratorial confirmation...While 'The Shakespeare Conspiracy' has a good deal of melodramatic twists and turns to hold one's interest for most of the two-hour running time, it is not likely to change th...
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April 28th, 2018
"This clunky though vigorously performed and presented fantasia posits one of the more arguably outlandish theories of Shakespearean authorship...A choppy series of overheated episodes and vignettes spanning 40 years...with plentiful and heavy-handed dialogue...Karafin has assembled a talented mu...
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April 28th, 2018
"The clever and most entertaining production reveals superb direction and adroit acting by the ensemble...The arc of Bacino’s and Cadigan’s play solidly develops this adventurous intrigue with rationality so there are few logical gaps...Almost apologetically described as a gay romp, the tone of t...
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April 30th, 2018
"An imaginative representation of this time period and the questions arising from it...The plot has more twists and turns that bring it to quite a surprising ending. Strong acting develops the characterization on stage which is so crucial to the story line. Under the direction of Karafin, suspens...
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