Merlin. King Arthur. War betwixt British and Saxons. Uther Pendragon. Collapsing castle foundations, Magicians and spirits. Fighting dragons and a blazing comet. Good entertaining stuff. But is it Shakespeare?
The 1662 first printed edition of this play says it was written by William Shakespeare and William Rowley. It appears that no one now believes that Shakespeare was actually involved, and probably this is entirely Rowley — who co-authored plays with a fair number of other authors of the period. Rowley also acted in London troupes, including Shakespeare’s The King’s Players, often in low comedy Clown parts he wrote for himself such as is found in this play. (Summary from ToddHW for LibriVox)
I played three minor characters in this production.
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