Anonymous (2011)

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TitleAnonymous
Year2011
CountryGermany, United Kingdom, USA
GenreHistory (Movies)
Run Time2h 9 min
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In modern-day New York, Derek Jacobi arrives at a theatre where he delivers a monologue questioning the lack of manuscript writings of William Shakespeare, despite the undeniable fact that he is the most performed playwright of all time. Ben Jonson is preparing to enter the stage. The narrator offers to take the viewers into a different story behind the origin of Shakespeare’s plays: “one of quills and swords, of power and betrayal, of a stage conquered and a throne lost.” Jumping to Elizabethan London, Ben Jonson is running through the streets carrying a parcel and being pursued by soldiers. He enters the theatre called The Rose and hides the manuscripts he carries as the soldiers set fire to the theatre. Ben is detained at the Tower of London to face the questioning of puritanical Robert Cecil. The writings by Edward de Vere that Robert Cecil thought Ben had are not found on him.

In a flashback of five years, an adult Edward lives, disgraced and banished from court, in the last years of the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. The queen is old and in failing health, but, as she has remained unmarried, lacks an heir. The elderly Lord William Cecil, the Queen’s primary adviser, and his son Robert manage the kingdom’s affairs. A growing group of malcontent nobles gather at court, led by Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex, who is widely believed to be Elizabeth’s bastard son. The Cecils have secretly been planning to solve the succession crisis by offering the crown to Elizabeth’s cousin, King James VI of Scotland; the idea of a foreign king inheriting the crown of the Tudors angers enough nobles that they begin to muster support for Essex to claim the throne when Elizabeth dies.

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Cast:

Rhys Ifans Rhys Ifans
Earl of Oxford
Jamie Campbell Bower Jamie Campbell Bower
Young Earl of Oxford
Edward Hogg Edward Hogg
Robert Cecil
Vanessa Redgrave Vanessa Redgrave
Queen Elizabeth I
Joely Richardson Joely Richardson
Young Queen Elizabeth I
Rafe Spall Rafe Spall
William Shakespeare
David Thewlis David Thewlis
William Cecil
Xavier Samuel Xavier Samuel
Earl of Southampton
Sam Reid Sam Reid
Earl of Essex
Trystan Gravelle Trystan Gravelle
Christopher Marlowe
Robert Emms Robert Emms
Thomas Dekker

In modern-day New York, Derek Jacobi arrives at a theatre where he delivers a monologue questioning the lack of manuscript writings of William Shakespeare, despite the undeniable fact that he is the most performed playwright of all time. Ben Jonson is preparing to enter the stage. The narrator offers to take the viewers into a different story behind the origin of Shakespeare’s plays: “one of quills and swords, of power and betrayal, of a stage conquered and a throne lost.” Jumping to Elizabethan London, Ben Jonson is running through the streets carrying a parcel and being pursued by soldiers. He enters the theatre called The Rose and hides the manuscripts he carries as the soldiers set fire to the theatre. Ben is detained at the Tower of London to face the questioning of puritanical Robert Cecil. The writings by Edward de Vere that Robert Cecil thought Ben had are not found on him.

In a flashback of five years, an adult Edward lives, disgraced and banished from court, in the last years of the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. The queen is old and in failing health, but, as she has remained unmarried, lacks an heir. The elderly Lord William Cecil, the Queen’s primary adviser, and his son Robert manage the kingdom’s affairs. A growing group of malcontent nobles gather at court, led by Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex, who is widely believed to be Elizabeth’s bastard son. The Cecils have secretly been planning to solve the succession crisis by offering the crown to Elizabeth’s cousin, King James VI of Scotland; the idea of a foreign king inheriting the crown of the Tudors angers enough nobles that they begin to muster support for Essex to claim the throne when Elizabeth dies.

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