Two Gentlemen of Southeastern England

· 25 April 2016 ·
[Derek Jacobi and Mark Rylance discuss The Declaration of Reasonable Doubt]

If you know the work of these two esteemed actors (hint: one of them* recently won both a BAFTA and an Oscar), and if you know of their involvement in the Shakespeare Authorship Question, then click on the brand-new video above, and enjoy. If you don’t, then (welcome!) click on the links below, either before or after you click on the video. You may want to poke around this site as well (particulary the reference pages in the About menu), or just google the SAQ and do some reading. I usually preach to the choir here, but you never know.

Being who I am, I don’t personally think that the Declaration of Reasonable Doubt goes far enough, but that should be no surprise. Its purpose is to do just what it does, and no more. I certainly support it, and I hope that this new attention will bear much fruit. Very smart to post the video right after the plethora of Death Day revels that took place last weekend. Time to begin repairing the damage.

I do get one quick mention in the video. Don’t blink your ears or you’ll miss it.

Declaration of Reasonable Doubt
at the Shakespeare Authorship Coalition website

Sir Derek Jacobi
Wikipedia biographical entry
Internet Movie Database entry

Sir Mark Rylance*
Wikipedia biographical entry
Website –
Internet Movie Database entry

National Public Radio (USA) podcast
from Morning Edition, 25 April 2016
7:11 segment with Rylance and Jacobi

* Though he was not Sir Mark when this post was first written, he is now. (Jacobi’s knighthood dates to 1994.) Rylance was recognised by the Queen in the 2017 New Year’s Honours list for his services to the theatre, and on 19 April 2017 he was knighted by the Duke of Cambridge.