The writers of Shakespeare

On his blog, The Drum, journalist Bob Ellis returns to the controversy of the authorship of Shakespeare's plays with examples of how the bard - or any modern playwright - can claim complete ownership of his work.

Ellis writes:

Even so, it was in 'Shakespeare's' time that actors, musicians, royal patrons added lines and scenes (as Hamlet did to The Mousetrap) to texts that differed from week to week and town to town; a longer version at Bankside, a shorter version at Richmond, and so on.

And it may well be that Will Shaxper, as Andrew Upton does now, overvalued his contribution to a text that arrived by messenger from time to time from a lordly, diffident aristocrat, that wrote and did not sign it.