Thanks to all of you that came out to see The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged) at Lyric Arts Main Street Stage and voted for who YOU think wrote Hamlet, Romeo & Juliet, Henry V, Midsummer Night's Dream and all the rest! Over the past 200 years over 80 different authorship candidates and groups of people have been proposed as the "true" Bard. We offered up just a few choices and here are the results... In last place, with 28 votes: Edward de Vere, Seventeenth Earl of Oxford, patron of the Blackfriars Theatre.
4th place, with 30 votes: Plays by Committee and Other Nominations Category, which included Queen Elizabeth I, Miguel de Cervantes, and Sheik Zubayr bin William.
3rd place, with 33 votes: Sir Francis Bacon, philosopher & scientist
2nd place, with 65 votes: Christopher Marlowe, poet & dramatist, pioneer of Elizabethan blank verse
1st place, with 150 votes: The Man From Stratford, William Shakespeare!
Click here to find out more about the Authorship Question from the Royal Shakespeare Company and thanks to everyone for playing!