New Play First Reading: ‘Vortigern,’ Based on True Story of ‘Lost’ Shakespeare Play Hoax

The first public reading of Vortigern - A True Story, Joshua Fardon’s new comedy about Shakespeare, forgery, deceit and the value of art, will be streamed by the Ubiquitous Players July 30 at 2pm CT.

Based on The Confessions of William Henry Ireland, Vortigern imagines how Ireland, a young 18th-century clerk, was able to write a play in Shakespeare's name, “discover it,” finagle a production at Drury Lane and nearly fool the entire literary establishment.

Christopher Prentice will feature as the eminent Shakespearean scholar Edmond Malone, alongside Adrianne Cury, Tony Dobrowolski, Richard Gustin, Callie Johnson, Jack Hickey, Max McNeal Martin, Karla A. Rennhofer and Shariba Rivers.

To request the streaming link, visit the reading’s Facebook event.

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