"All's Well" with Thomas Middleton

A pair of professors from Oxford University believe they have confirmed William Shakespeare's collaborator, at least for the comedy All's Well that Ends Well. They believe it is Thomas Middleton, who worked with the Bard on Timon of Athens.

Professor Laurie Maguire and Dr Emma Smith cite "spelling, inconsistent speech prefixes and unusually narrative phrasing in stage directions" as proof that Shakespeare did not write the play by himself. Dr Emma Smith said: 'We are not saying that Middleton and Shakespeare definitely worked together on All’s Well, but Middleton’s involvement would certainly explain many of the comedy's stylistic, textual and narrative quirks."