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Tonight was absolutely magical. As a BFI member, Val got hold of tickets for the May Fair Hotel Gala Premiere of the new British movie “Anonymous” at the Empire Leicester Square. “Anonymous” advances the theory that William Shakespeare was a fraud, and that his famous playwrights were in fact written the Earl of Oxford.

The film stars famous British actors such as Rhys Ifans, Vanessa Redgrave, David Thewlis (Prof. Lupin in the Harry Potter movies), Joely Richardson, Jamie Campbell Bower and many others! Val and I got to walk the red carpet with Rhys Ifans and Joely Richardson, which was very of course very thrilling! Nearly tripped at one point, but luckily I managed to walk relatively elegantly all the way to the theatre entrance. Didn’t want to seem overly eager and blind the celebs with my camera flash light, so got some pictures from Getty Images instead:

Here is Joely Richardson looking absolutely stunning! She played the young Elizabeth I in the movie:

Rhys Ifans:

Jamie Campbell Bower and his fiancé…who turned out to be Ginny Weasley!

Professor Lupin!

The whole cast, minus Vanessa Redgrave who was unable to attend:

Val and I inside the Empire Leicester Square before the screening:

The cinema was enormous – and so beautiful:

We both really enjoyed the movie, and lets face it – we are suckers for juicy Tudor drama. Also found it to be very funny – especially the way the rivalry between Shakespeare and Marlowe was played out. However, the topic of whether or not Shakespeare was a fraud has apparently proven hugely controversial here in Britain, especially amongst the locals in Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare’s “place of birth”. In the end though – what does it matter? What is important is the art, and the fact that someone out there wrote these beautiful words for posterity to enjoy. The film pays Shakespeare more tribute than it degrades him.